This groundbreaking text examines the connection between virology and human disease by integrating basic virology with pathophysiological conditions. The book focuses on viruses that infect humans, domestic animals, and other vertebrates. In addition to describing the molecular structure and replication of these viruses, emphasis is placed on how viruses cause human diseases, from polio to HIV. The presentation of this information is greatly enhanced by four-color illustrations and clearly labeled figures and tables. This text provides an excellent overview for students, as well as researchers and clinicians interested in viruses as agents of human disease. Provides a concise overview of animal viruses, emphasizing those causing diseases in humans; Integrates discussion of molecular biology, epidemiology, and the history of human viruses; Presents information on treatment, prions, gene therapy, and vaccine development; Illustrated in color by an expert virologist; Includes world maps depicting the current distribution of existing and newly emerging viruses.