The Resource People, Parasites, and Plowshares : Learning From Our Body's Most Terrifying Invaders, Dickson D. Despommier, (ebook)

People, Parasites, and Plowshares : Learning From Our Body's Most Terrifying Invaders, Dickson D. Despommier, (ebook)

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People, Parasites, and Plowshares : Learning From Our Body's Most Terrifying Invaders
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People, Parasites, and Plowshares
Title remainder
Learning From Our Body's Most Terrifying Invaders
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Dickson D. Despommier
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eng
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Dickson D. Despommier's vivid, visceral account of the biology, behavior, and history of parasites follows the interplay between these fascinating life forms and human society over thousands of years. Despommier focuses on long-term host-parasite associations, which have evolved to avoid or even subvert the human immune system. Some parasites do great damage to their hosts, while others have signed a kind of "peace treaty" in exchange for their long lives within them. Many parasites also practice clever survival strategies that medical scientists hope to mimic as they search for treatments for Crohn's disease, food allergies, type 1 diabetes, organ transplantation, and other medical challenges. Despommier concentrates on particularly remarkable and often highly pathogenic organisms, describing their lifecycles and the mechanisms they use to avoid elimination. He details their attack and survival plans and the nature of the illnesses they cause in general terms, enabling readers of all backgrounds to steal a glimpse into the secret work of such effective invaders. He also points to the cultural contexts in which these parasites thrive and reviews the current treatments available to defeat them. Encouraging scientists to continue to study these organisms even if their threat is largely contained, Despommier shows how closer dissection of the substances parasites produce to alter our response to them could help unravel some of our most complex medical conundrums
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Despommier, Dickson D
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  • 578.65
  • 578.65
  • 591.5249
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non fiction
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  • Host-Parasite Interactions
  • Host-parasite relationships
  • Host-parasite relationships
  • Nature
  • Parasites
  • Parasites
  • Parasitic diseases
  • Parasitology
  • Parasitology
  • Science
  • Science
  • Science
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adult
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People, Parasites, and Plowshares : Learning From Our Body's Most Terrifying Invaders, Dickson D. Despommier, (ebook)
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9780231535267
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MWT11864326
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11864326
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MWT11864326
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Mode of access: World Wide Web
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People, Parasites, and Plowshares : Learning From Our Body's Most Terrifying Invaders, Dickson D. Despommier, (ebook)
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Publication
Color
multicolored
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
  • online
  • electronic
Governing access note
Digital content provided by hoopla
Isbn
9780231535267
Isbn Type
(electronic bk.)
Publisher number
MWT11864326
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
11864326
System control number
MWT11864326
System details
Mode of access: World Wide Web

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