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Science  04 Dec 1998:
Vol. 282, Issue 5395, pp. 1832-1833
DOI: 10.1126/science.282.5395.1832b

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Viruses, Plagues, and History. Michael B. A. Oldstone. Oxford University Press, New York, 1998. 223 pp. $25, £18.95. ISBN 0-19-511723-9.

Oldstone presents short, readable accounts of selected episodes from the history of virology. His coverage of epidemic diseases including smallpox, yellow fever, AIDS, and emerging hemorrhagic fevers emphasizes demography, public health, and the efforts of virologists.