The Transmission of Epidemic Influenza

  • R. Edgar Hope-Simpson

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. R. Edgar Hope-Simpson
    Pages 1-8
  3. R. Edgar Hope-Simpson
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  18. R. Edgar Hope-Simpson
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  19. Back Matter
    Pages 243-251

About this book

Introduction

THE PLAGUE YEARS Mankind has always been fascinated by "origins," and biologists are no exception. Darwin is our most famous example. What is the origin of mankind, of species, of infectious diseases? In the last few years we have seen the emergence and spread of some apparently "new" viruses, such as HIV -1 and the virus causing bovine spongiform encephalomyelopathy. But are these, in fact, entirely new agents, or mutated forms of "old" viruses that have evolved along with us for eons? Edgar Hope-Simpson could not have written this book at a more opportune moment. He is a firm believer in gradual evolution, rather than the sudden arrival of new agents. I suspect that he would also have a naturalist's Darwinian approach for the origin of AIDS. It has been a source of some amazement to me over the years how even the most innovative scientists conform to a current hypothesis. Pioneer thinking comes more easily to persons outside the scientific mainstream. Edgar Hope­ Simpson has always struck me as a modem-day naturalist of the classic style, observant and perhaps a little maverick in line of thought. Certainly, the central hypothesis propounded in this book will be controversial to many scientists. From his unique citadel, the Epidemiological Research Unit in Cirencester, he has carefully reexamined mortality data from old records as well as new.

Keywords

antigen cyclin epidemiological virus

Authors and affiliations

  • R. Edgar Hope-Simpson
    • 1
  1. 1.Cirencester Epidemiological Research UnitCirencester, GloucestershireEngland

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4899-2385-1
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 1992
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4899-2387-5
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4899-2385-1
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