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Science Comics: Plagues: The Microscopic Battlefield (edition 2017)
by Falynn Koch (Author)
Science Comics: Plagues: The Microscopic Battlefield by Falynn Koch (Author)
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Note: I received a digital galley of this book through NetGalley.
Not my favorite Science Comic. Like Dogs, it kind of jumps off the scientific deep end, with complex ideas and words that there just isn't space to explain--like "undifferentiated cells", "platelets", and "myeloid cells", which are used in sentences but undefined. The book's setup also takes up more space than in other Science Comics (though it's pretty cool): a scientist and a T white blood cell meet bubonic plague and yellow fever cells in a holographic human body to try to recruit them to help fight other diseases. With the holograph setup, readers also get to see times and places in history when plagues were worst, when humans practiced biological warfare, and when public health advocates started figuring out variolation, inoculation, and vaccination. Once we're over the technical hump and talking about history and how cells fight each other, it's easier to understand and enjoy--but, as with Dogs, some readers might not have the patience to get there.
This one was kind of gross, but I still liked it because it was informative and the story was interesting. Basically, wash your hands, take care of yourself better, and vaccinate your kids!
UPDATE: Maybe people should read this book during COVID-19. It's for kids, but explains viruses in a simple and fun way.
Probably my favorite Science Comics book yet. Great framing reference made the information very accessible. Art was fantastic. Colors were great.
In gloriously gross detail, you'll meet dangerous microscopic invaders like protozoa, fungi, viruses, and foreign bacteria - then see how our bodies work to fight back and defend us against future infections. We get to know the critters behind history's worst diseases. We delve into the biology and mechanisms of infections, diseases, and immunity, and also the incredible effect that technology and medical science have had on humanity's ability to contain and treat disease.
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Melvil Decimal System (DDC)579Natural sciences and mathematics Life Sciences, Biology Microorganisms, fungi and algae
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