Human Virology

Human Virology
  • 4th Ed.
  • 2011
  • © Oxford University Press Inc.
  • John Oxford; Leslie Collier; Paul Kellam
  • ISBN-10: 0-19-957088-4 / ISBN-13: 978-0-19-957088-1
  • Virology, Microbiology, Public Health


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Viruses are the ultimate parasites: they infect cells and hijack their molecular machinery in order to survive, often destroying the host cell in the process. In so doing, they present a major challenge to human health and well-being, with the continual emergence of new viral strains placing huge demands on healthcare systems internationally.

Human Virology is the perfect introduction to the subject for anyone who needs to understand how viruses impact on human health, and how they can be managed in a clinical context. It does not seek to turn its readers into virologists, but to provide them with enough knowledge of the nature of viruses and viral infections to serve as an essential foundation for anyone encountering viruses in a clinical or biomedical context.

Capturing this complex and rapidly-evolving subject with remarkable clarity, Human Virology describes the general principles of viral biology - the properties of viruses, their replication and genetics - along with disease and resistance, before introducing the infections caused by key groups of viruses. It concludes with an overview of the management of viral disease, including diagnosis and immunization.

Reflecting our latest understanding of the molecular basis of viral diseases, Human Virology is the ideal resource for all students of medicine, dentistry, and the biological and biomedical sciences, who need a clear and focused introduction to the subject.

  • • Carefully tailored in terms of breadth and depth to the needs of medicine and biomedicine students: covers all the essential concepts without extraneous details
  • • Short, focused chapters and clear, uncluttered design make the book easy to navigate and extract information from
  • • Custom-drawn figures and photomicrographs complement the text, helping the reader to grasp key concepts
  • • An Online Resource Centre features additional teaching and learning materials and figures from the book in electronic format (for registered adopters of the text)
  • • Greater explanation of virology at the molecular level, supported by new figures
  • • Increased coverage of viral replication
  • • Many chapters introduced by new 'Fundamental Concepts' panels, including viral lifecycle boxes, and timelines to show significant landmarks following the discovery of a virus, to give an at-a-glance overview of the topic
  • • Case studies throughout illustrate the clinical relevance of the subject


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"This is a very good teaching textbook that covers the area of clinical virology in a way that makes it easy to learn. It contains very good graphic descriptions and details that are useful in detecting disease in humans. "

-- Rebecca Horvat, PhD, D(ABMM) (University of Kansas Medical Center) Doody's Review



This would be a good textbook for undergraduate virology students as well as nursing and medical students. The authors display a great deal of expertise in this update.


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