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Epidemics & Plagues


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Richard Walker is an award-winning author of books about natural history and human biology for both children and adults, including Kingfisher Knowledge: Microscopic Life. He has a Ph.D. in zoology. As a former biology teacher he has a practical understanding of the importance of accessible reference materials. Denise Grady has been a science reporter for The New York Times since 1998 and has written more than five hundred articles about medicine and biology. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including a commendation from the Newspaper Guild for Choice and Excellence of Crusading Journalistic Contributions in the Areas of Science and Medicine. She lives in Westchester, New York.


Gr 6-9-This highly pictorial volume provides information about major epidemics and plagues of past eras and furnishes some information about current and potential infectious threats. Walker also looks at recent medical and scientific advances, including the surveillance, control, prevention, and treatment of infectious diseases. Full-color photos (including electron micrographs), diagrams, and illustrations appear on every spread, making it sometimes challenging to read the text positioned between many pictures and captions. Moreover, many of the images depict death, disease, and devastation. Overall, this is an adequate overview of the subject.-Caroline Geck, Kean University, Union, NJ Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

"Richard Walker provides a compelling historical view ...Young scientists who wish to discover everything from the development of polio in ancient Egypt to the Black Plague and its spread through Europe during the 1300s to modern epidemics like AIDS and West Nile virus will enjoy exploring Epidemics and Plagues, which is a wonderful addition to this exciting scientific series." --Children's Literature

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