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Infectious diseases touch the lives of everyone on the planet. Whether it's something as minor as a brush with the common cold or as serious as Ebola, we all have grappled with infections and will continue to encounter them as we age.

On a worldwide scale, infectious diseases account for 26 percent of all deaths, second only to cardiovascular diseases. And unlike chronic diseases, infectious diseases are unique in their potential for explosive global impacts.

Now, in the 24 engaging lectures of Introduction to Infectious Diseases, you can get a comprehensive overview of diseases from the mundane to the fatal from renowned physician and award-winning professor Dr. Barry Fox.

Begin with an overview of the microscopic particles responsible for disease: bacteria, fungi, hybrid germs, and viruses. You will see how they invade the body; look through the microscope at pathogens to identify their inner components; follow germs through to different body systems and see what effects they have; and learn why we may be losing the battle against some germs.

Cut through the medical myths and get a solidly scientific guide to keeping yourself and your loved ones as protected as possible from pathogens, including a no-nonsense guide to vaccinations, tips on keeping a healthier home environment, and valuable advice for world travelers.

Whether you have a love for biology, a curiosity about the world's many infectious diseases, or a certain amount of trepidation about what the future holds, you will enjoy Dr. Fox's impeccable bedside manner, insider knowledge, and humorous personal stories. And, most importantly, you will be empowered to make the best choices for yourself, your loved ones, and future generations.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2015 The Great Courses (P)2015 The Teaching Company, LLC

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  • Anthony
  • MANASSAS, VA, United States
  • 05-27-15

easy to understand intro to infectious diseases

If you could sum up An Introduction to Infectious Diseases in three words, what would they be?

informative, accessible, entertaining

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These lectures explain bacteria, viruses, even the effectiveness of antibiotics and hygiene products. If you have interest on how these little intruders work and how to reduce your risk then I definitely would recommend this.

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Great Job

Interesting, up to date, and very informative. The concepts are presented clearly and the author does a good job of keeping the pace up.

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Great intro content, needs some editing.

This was a great introduction that seemed to cover everything I would expect. My only complaint was that the narration seemed to lack editing. There were several occasions where the narrator reread a sentence or paragraph to correct prior mistakes, but the prior reading had not been removed.

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Interesting and terrifying!

I have a Master's in public health so I was already fairly well-versed compared to the average listener. However, I still learned a lot myself and it would be a great overview for someone new and interested in the field!

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Informative and Very Modern and Well Presented

All about Viruses, Bacteria, Molds, fungus, parasites, germs, antibiotics, vaccines, bioterrorism and Historical Cases of illness. For a detailed outline of what is covered you can go to the "Great Courses" website.

The Presentation is Well delivered and very informative. It is basic information, nothing very advanced but I still learned quite a bit. The lecturer strikes a nice balance between basic knowledge, technical knowledge, practical advice, historical content and personal experiences. Not the most entertaining style but better than average.

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Easy to understand medicine

Here's a professor so well versed in medicine, the cause and spread of infectious diseases and how to prevent them. Surprisingly, most serious illnesses can be prevented by using simple, quick precautions most people don't pay attention to. In that regard, this course is golden.

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Full of information

I really enjoyed An Introduction to Infectious Diseases. There is a lot of information and anecdotes in this course, but don’t worry, it won’t turn you into a germaphobe. If you’re already a germaphobe (like myself) it won’t make it worse either.

There is something about the lecturer, though. His speech made it difficult to listen to this book for long periods of time. There are some slip ups and mumbling, but that is not the issue. He often pauses right in the middle of a sentences and between words, and it happens consistently. It becomes fairly aggravating after a while. I listened to this Great Course little by little because of the stilted narration.

I still highly recommend this course despite the lacking narration. It flows nicely and it is easy to follow. Each lectures is in depth discussions about a different topic. I learned a lot about infectious diseases, and many of the anecdotes are relevant and entertaining.

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  • Em
  • 09-20-16

Too basic

this isn't college level material. this might be good for elementary school children but not someone who's seriously interested

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Great Introduction

this was a great set of lectures for people curious about infectious diseases. Not super in depth, but gives basic information about a broad range of common diseases for beginners and a good refresher for those familiar.

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Way over my head!

I have a degree in chemistry (1966) but no background in biology. The professor seems to assume the listener has a background in microbiology. Listening to this course is like drinking water from a fire hose. I gave up in Chapter 4 and ordered another Audible book to listen to on my walks.

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  • T. Young
  • 08-08-18

Interesting and Informative

The lecture series is great, covering lots of interesting material. It balances technical detail and broader big picture views well, and contains plenty of solid advice as well.

Weirdly though, some parts seem to repeat. It seems when editing the same section was cut in twice in a row at certain points. Not a massive problem but confusing at times.

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  • Stepram
  • 05-17-18

very informative and engaging well worth a listen

very informative and engaging well worth a listen regardless of your level of clinical knowledge and experience

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  • Labrador with class
  • 10-31-16

great book with some minor flaws.

I would have liked more information about diseases but learned a lot about the immune system