Readership: General readers with an interest in viruses and how they infect and cause disease, readers interested in recent pandemics such as swine flu, HIV, and SARS, as well as science and medical students looking for a short introduction and summary of viruses.
Dorothy H. Crawford, Emeritus Professor of Medical Microbiology and Honorary Assistant Principal for Public Understanding of Medicine
Professor Crawford took the Robert Irvine Chair of Medical Microbiology at the University of Edinburgh in 1997, headed the school of Biomedical Sciences from 2004-2007, and was appointed Assistant Principal for Public Understanding of Medicine in 2007. She has previously published two books on microbes for a general audience, The Invisible Enemy (OUP, 2000), and more recently Deadly Companions (OUP, 2007). She was elected a Fellow of both the Royal Society of Edinburgh and the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2001 and awarded an OBE for services to medicine and higher
education in 2005.
"a diminutive volume that provides a surprisinly complete and beautifully readable overview to this topic - all without resorting to specialist jargon." - The Guardian
1: What are viruses?
2: Viruses are everywhere
3: Kill or be killed
4: Emerging virus infections
5: Epidemics and pandemics
6: Persistent viruses
7: Tumour viruses
8: Turning the tables on viruses
9: Viruses past, present and future