Medicine And Books

Emerging Infections

BMJ 1998; 317 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.317.7159.689 (Published 05 September 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:689
  1. Imre J P Loefler, surgeon
  1. Nairobi Hospital, Kenya

    Ed Richard M Krause

    Academic Press, £55, pp 513

    ISBN 0 212 425930 8

    Micro-organisms find Homo a promising habitat: it is the most numerous mammal, its domesticated quadrupeds outnumber animals of similar size remaining in the wild, its avian charges and cultivars cluster in monocultures, and it also clusters in densely populated townships. Moreover, impoverished by the consequences of its reproductive behaviour, confused by religion, ideology, and politicians, and exploited by consumerism, Homo seeks solace in hazardous lifestyles.

    Micro-organisms are compelled to search for new opportunities: Homo has changed the environment, exterminated numerous species, large and small, and invaded all niches of the biosphere. Micro-organisms have …

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