Invisible Enemies

Stories of Infectious Disease

By Jeanette Farrell
(Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), Hardcover, 9780374336370, 224pp.)

Publication Date: January 1998

Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover, Paperback

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Menacing microbes that made history

This book tells the story of seven tiny microbes that altered forever the course of human history. Smallpox, leprosy, plague, tuberculosis, malaria, cholera, and AIDS have aroused terror wherever thay have appeared, terror that has inspired acts of incredible courage and horrible cruelty. With compassion and an eye for detail, Jeanette Farrell writes of societies in turmoil and of committed searches for cures, of gruesome, misguided treatments and of the triumph of the human spirit. Illustrated with over fifty reproductions of photographs, newspaper cartoons, and public health posters, Invisible Enemies is an intriguing mix of biology and history with a worldwide scope.

Praise For Invisible Enemies

"As exciting as any work of fiction. . .riveting. . .Seven infectious diseases (smallpox, leprosy, plague, tuberculosis, malaria, cholera, and AIDS) are covered in this excellent book...Filled with fascinating facts, the text is written in a crisp and lucid style that makes the most complex matters understandable." --Starred, School Library Journal

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