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The Resource The infectious microbe, William Firshein

The infectious microbe, William Firshein

Label
The infectious microbe
Title
The infectious microbe
Statement of responsibility
William Firshein
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Overview: Of the innumerable ways that science and humanity interact, few are as central or as significant as our interaction with microorganisms. Though these single-celled and "complete" living organisms have major impacts on many chemical and ecological processes, they are most often recognized for their ability to cause serious and sometimes fatal diseases. From diseases caused by bacteria, like pneumonia, tuberculosis, anthrax, meningitis, typhoid, and bubonic plague, to diseases caused by viruses, like HIV, polio, yellow fever, hepatitis, and influenza, humanity has struggled to cope with the rapidly changing capabilities of microorganisms. They are intimately involved with life, and must be taken into account in many ways when considering the welfare and health of all people. This book is a response to the current confusion and misunderstanding of microbes amongst the general public; written in narrative form, it will allow readers of all backgrounds to understand better the scientific concepts and terminology of how microbial or viral diseases are caused, to ask intelligent questions about the impact of diseases on our wellbeing, and to comprehend the reports about disease outbreaks that flood the media. The book begins by introducing the microbe, its history, and its basic science. Then, in an engaging narrative, Firshein describes seven critical microbial and viral diseases that plague our world, showing how each one illustrates the basic characteristics of infection. Each of these seven diseases follows the same path: invasion, internal spread, toxin effects, excretion, and transmission to a new host. In this lively discussion of pathogenicity, William Firshein reveals the fascinating scientific relationship between human and microbe, and shows us how humanity can live with microorganisms
Cataloging source
DNLM/DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Firshein, William
Dewey number
616.9/041
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
QR46
LC item number
.F57 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
NLM call number
  • 2014 D-824
  • QW 4
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Medical microbiology
  • Pathogenic microorganisms
  • Microbiological Phenomena
  • Microbiology
  • Communicable Diseases, Emerging
  • Virulence Factors
  • Bioterrorism
  • Medical microbiology
  • Pathogenic microorganisms
  • Pathogener Mikroorganismus
Label
The infectious microbe, William Firshein
Link
http://connectny.eblib.com/patron/FullRecord.aspx?p=1581029
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. Introduction to the infectious microbe -- The scope of microbial life and infectious diseases -- What is a pathogen? -- The relationship between a pathogen and the host it infects is complex and varied -- Susceptibility and virulence factors are closely related -- Major groups of pathogens are found throughout the microbial world -- 2. Fundamental concepts of biology and chemistry help understand pathogenicity -- Genetics : the nature of the gene and its chemical structure -- Metabolism consists of chemical reactions, without which life would not exist -- Biological catalysts (enzymes) mediate every chemical reaction in the cell -- Genes control the synthesis and expression of enzymes (which are proteins) and hence control the functioning of the cell -- The mechanism of protein synthesis involves a complex series of metabolic reactions and cellular organelles, starting with DNA, a related macromolecule (RNA(, and the ribosome (the protein-synthesizing factory) -- Gene expression is tightly regulated to economize and preserve cell integrity -- Genetic modification in the process of gene expression in microbes are varied and complex : they include mutations, transfer transformation (recombination) of genes from one cell to another, and many other variations of these events -- Modern technologies -- 3. History of microbiology -- Voices in the wilderness -- The golden age and the modern era -- 4. Emerging and reemerging diseases -- Role of antibiotics -- 5. Case histories -- HIV-AIDS : the plague that threatens modern society -- Tuberculosis : the white plague, ancient, but still lethal -- Streptococci and staphylococci : more intimacy than we desire -- Ulcers and helicobacter : the uncommon pathogen -- Cholera : a pretty nasty beast - Influenza : bird flu, swine flu, and all that jazz -- 6. Biofilms : city of microbes and their role in pathogenicity -- Biofilms and infectious diseases -- 7. Biological terrorism : myths and realities -- State of the art and preparedness
Control code
ocn841517006
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xiii, 160 pages
Isbn
9780199329618
Lccn
2013017114
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
40023420242
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780199329618
  • (OCoLC)841517006
Label
The infectious microbe, William Firshein
Link
http://connectny.eblib.com/patron/FullRecord.aspx?p=1581029
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. Introduction to the infectious microbe -- The scope of microbial life and infectious diseases -- What is a pathogen? -- The relationship between a pathogen and the host it infects is complex and varied -- Susceptibility and virulence factors are closely related -- Major groups of pathogens are found throughout the microbial world -- 2. Fundamental concepts of biology and chemistry help understand pathogenicity -- Genetics : the nature of the gene and its chemical structure -- Metabolism consists of chemical reactions, without which life would not exist -- Biological catalysts (enzymes) mediate every chemical reaction in the cell -- Genes control the synthesis and expression of enzymes (which are proteins) and hence control the functioning of the cell -- The mechanism of protein synthesis involves a complex series of metabolic reactions and cellular organelles, starting with DNA, a related macromolecule (RNA(, and the ribosome (the protein-synthesizing factory) -- Gene expression is tightly regulated to economize and preserve cell integrity -- Genetic modification in the process of gene expression in microbes are varied and complex : they include mutations, transfer transformation (recombination) of genes from one cell to another, and many other variations of these events -- Modern technologies -- 3. History of microbiology -- Voices in the wilderness -- The golden age and the modern era -- 4. Emerging and reemerging diseases -- Role of antibiotics -- 5. Case histories -- HIV-AIDS : the plague that threatens modern society -- Tuberculosis : the white plague, ancient, but still lethal -- Streptococci and staphylococci : more intimacy than we desire -- Ulcers and helicobacter : the uncommon pathogen -- Cholera : a pretty nasty beast - Influenza : bird flu, swine flu, and all that jazz -- 6. Biofilms : city of microbes and their role in pathogenicity -- Biofilms and infectious diseases -- 7. Biological terrorism : myths and realities -- State of the art and preparedness
Control code
ocn841517006
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xiii, 160 pages
Isbn
9780199329618
Lccn
2013017114
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
40023420242
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780199329618
  • (OCoLC)841517006

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