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All the animals of the forest pitch in and help Pa Pig give his wife the best birthday surprise of her life.
These masterful, direct, and humorous poems—the latest works of John Heath-Stubbs—continue to convey the poet's wry and remarkable take on the sights, sounds, cycles, evolution, and freshness of the natural world. This collection mixes a measure of nostalgia with doses of lightheartedness and elegiac beauty.
All the sensible hogfolk in Pigdom Plains know that if pigs were meant to fly, they’d have been born with wings—but there’s no convincing Lily Leanchops. The daughter of renowned inventor Hercules Fatchops, Lily has watched her father’s flying machines fail time and time again. Working in secret, Lily is trying to build what her father couldn’t: an aircraft that actually works. And of course, she’s following his example and employing scientific principals alone—not magic. (Well, a protection spell or two doesn’t count, right?) Lily’s secret project takes on a new sense of urgency when a mysterious enemy emerges from beyond the mountains. The Warthogs are coming, and they’re piloting flying machines powered by dangerous magic spells. To save Pigdom Plains, Lily must take to the skies in her own experimental aircraft—and there’s no time for a test run. Pigs Might Fly chronicles the adventures of a team of airplane-flying pigs, from knockout duo Nick Abadzis and Jerel Dye.
This volume is an account of scientific discovery related to the hepatitis E virus (HEV). HEV was first identified in Afghanistan in 1982 by a remarkably courageous act of self-experimentation by a Russian scientist. Following this, it was found that, in some developing countries in Asia and Africa, HEV was the cause of enormous outbreaks of hepatitis spread by infected drinking water, with a 25% death rate in pregnant women. For many years, HEV was thought not to be an issue in high-income countries and was only seen in travellers returning from high risk areas: it was considered a “back-packers’” disease. We now know that this was hopelessly wrong as HEV is very common in developed countries, with currently over 2 million infections per year in Europe. Here, HEV is found in pigs and spread mainly via consumption of contaminated pork meat. There has been a major increase in cases of HEV in many developed countries, including patients who have suffered liver failure, some of whom have died. We now know that HEV can also cause severe damage to the nervous system. This book describes an English doctor’s contribution to the discovery of the impact of HEV in humans. Recent cases in the UK appear to have originated from pigs in Continental Europe and HEV was, as a consequence, dubbed by the international press as the ‘Brexit Virus’; perhaps an early leaving present from our friends in the EU. Accessible to lay readers, the text includes case histories and stories from a health service increasingly under pressure and given context by examples of medical discoveries from the past. The role of the meat production industry, including questionable on-going high-risk virological practices, is put under the spotlight, leading to inevitable comparisons with the BSE crisis of the 1980s. HEV continues to exact a heavy toll in some low-income countries, most notably with multiple large outbreaks in African refugee camps. Despite the best efforts of organisations such as Médecins Sans Frontières, each year, pregnant women continue to die by the score. This is particularly poignant as these deaths may be avoidable, as there is a safe and effective vaccine. However, the HEV vaccine is only licensed for use in China, and, so far, efforts to introduce it to Africa have hit a brick wall of politics and red tape.
Having been coached in swimming by a duck and an otter, a runt piglet with deformed front feet becomes a hero when their farm is flooded.
"e;Massively readable, full of rich anecdote, amusing characters."e; Gervase Phinn
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