Viruses are some of the simplest infectious agents on the planet, yet can cause severe and even life-threatening diseases in all forms of life - including humans. Despite relying on host cells in order to replicate, viruses can be capable of extremely rapid reproduction and very effective transmission from one person to another. Because of this, they have historically represented a significant proportion of the disease burden affecting humans, in addition to a number
of new high profile diseases which have emerged in the last century. However, on a more positive note, the only two diseases to have ever been eradicated by mankind were both viruses, giving hope that in the future more viruses can be eliminated.
provides a vivid introduction to this fascinating field, by incorporating both the molecular and clinical aspects of the subject. The general principles and properties of viruses are covered in the first part of the text, while part two provides a survey of the different virus families and the human diseases they cause. Finally, the book concludes with some of the more practical aspects of the subject, such as immunization, antiviral chemotherapy and laboratory
Throughout the text, case studies bring the subject to life by providing a unique perspective from real practicing doctors. In addition new 'hot topic' boxes have been incorporated into this edition, featuring current important areas of research. Little prior knowledge is assumed, making Human Virology
the perfect text for those students new to the subject.
The Online Resource Centre to accompany Human Virology
*multiple-choice questions for self-directed learning
*Web links to online animations and videos
*Figures from the book in electronic format, ready to download The book is exceptionally well-written in consistent and clear style. The writers have thought about the readers understanding. The clinical case studies are brilliant - superbly put together aimed at contextualising and making memorable the content. Several of them will be great resources to teachers. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book as did the two students that I lent it to. * Dr Conall P Mccaughey, Consultant Virologist, Regional Virus Laboratory, Kelvin Laboratories, The Royal Hospitals Trust, Belfast * Without reservation. I will be recommending this edition. I will be reaching for my copy of this book and lending it to trainees. The general principles section is short but very well
PART 1: GENERAL PRINCIPLES; PART 2: SPECIFIC VIRUSES; GROUP 1 - POSITIVE SENSE SINGLE-STRANDED RNA VIRUSES; GROUP 2 - NEGATIVE-SENSE SINGLE-STRANDED RNA VIRUSES; GROUP 3 - DOUBLE-STRANDED RNA VIRUSES; GROUP 4 - DOUBLE-STRANDED DNA VIRUSES; GROUP 5 - SINGLE-STRANDED DNA VIRUSES; GROUP 6 - SINGLE-STRANDED POSITIVE SENSE RNA WITH AN RT; GROUP 7 - CIRCULAR DOUBLE-STRANDED DNA VIRUSES WITH AN RT; PART 3: PRACTICAL ASPECTS