How Microbes Shaped Our History
The story of human history has been inextricably entwined with the story of microbes. Combining tales of devastating epidemics with accessible science and fascinating history, Deadly Companions reveals how closely microbes have evolved with us over the millennia, shaping human culture through infection, disease, and deadly pandemic.
Preface; Introduction; 1. How it all began; 2. Microbes and our hunter gatherer ancestors; 3. Microbes exploit the sedentary lifestyle; 4. Microbes, crowds and poverty; 5. Microbes go global; 6. Microbes, famine and starvation; 7. Science intervenes; 8. Current problems; Conclusions; Glossary; Index