Invisible Enemies: Stories of Infectious Disease (Paperback)

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Invisible Enemies: Stories of Infectious Disease (Paperback)


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In this fully revised third edition of the 1998 original by Jeanette Farrell, here are the gripping stories of mankind's struggles against deadliest diseases in human history—including malaria, leprosy and cholera—updated to reflect new medical and social developments such as the continuing ravages of AIDS around the world, the bioterror threat posed by smallpox eradication, and an all-new chapter on the Ebola crisis. Illustrated with more than fifty reproductions of photographs, newspaper cartoons, public health posters, and the like, Invisible Enemies is an intense and intriguing mix of history, biography, and biology.

A Scientific American Young Readers Book Award Winner
A Bulletin Blue Ribbon Book

Jeanette Farrell, as a girl, worked on weekends at a tuberculosis sanatorium in Kentucky founded by her father. After graduating from college, she volunteered for a leprosy relief agency in India. She now works as a doctor in Seattle, Washington, where she lives with her husband and two children. She is the author of Invisible Allies and Invisible Enemies.
Product Details ISBN: 9781250096609
ISBN-10: 125009660X
Publisher: Square Fish
Publication Date: January 1st, 2023
Pages: 320
Language: English

“As exciting as any work of fiction . . . Filled with fascinating facts, the text is written in a crisp and lucid style that makes the most complex matters understandable.” —School Library Journal, starred review

“[An] absorbing and immensely readable account of humankind’s age-old battle with the mighty microorganisms that have changed history . . . Farrell explains the science vividly and clearly but also spins a good yarn, peppering her accounts with enticingly bizarre or creepy tidbits . . . Farrell’s sense of drama and habit of crediting some of the unsung (and often involuntary) heroes of medical history gives her approach a fresh and involving slant.” —The Bulletin, 1998 edition, starred review

“The anecdotal style is accessible; the tone, conversational; the whole, informative, with ample documentation to ensure credibility for her presentation.” —Horn Book, 1998 edition

“Superb. The author has an amazing ability to combine exciting storytelling and accurate scientific explanation to captivate students . . . The lively stories are certain to entice even the most reluctant of readers. This book is as valuable for history and current issues as for science.” —VOYA, 2005 edition, starred review

“Illustrates the hope and confusion, the logic and paranoia that humankind has experienced when confronting terrifying diseases . . . What makes this book particularly powerful is Farrell's gift for capturing the small moments that expose humanity's best and worst side . . . Fascinating reading as well as a revealing look at the intersection of science and social studies.” —Booklist