Secret Agents: The Menace of Emerging Infections

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: (Published 06 July 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:49
  1. Julio Collazos, chief of the section of infectious diseases
  1. Hospital de Galdakao, Vizcaya, Spain

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    Madeline Drexler

    Joseph Henry Press, £17.95, pp 316

    ISBN 0 309 07638 2


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    The relationship between microorganisms and humans is perhaps the most fascinating story relating to humankind. The origins of the relationship date from well before the appearance of the first hominids on Earth, although we began to write the story only about a century ago. It is a tale of love and hate because, while humans need micro-organisms, we also fight them.

    This excellent book is, to some extent, a story of war, from the intricacies of the …

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