History of Arbovirology: Memories from the Field: Volume I: Personal Reflections

Nikos Vasilakis, Laura D. Kramer

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These books bring together a panel of expert arbovirologists who recall the history of arbovirology from very personal perspectives. In these timely volumes, the authors describe seminal moments in their experiences in the field and how they integrated these findings with lab studies to further clarify the ecology and epidemiology of diverse arboviruses. Authors identify the most pressing questions that remain to be answered, providing a basis for current research and a stimulus to engage those entering the field. Over the last 20 years a generational gap has developed between the giants of arbovirus research and discovery and the new generation. This gap developed due to an ebbing of training and investment in passing the scepter to the next generation, leading to a lack of continuity among the generations that threatens to derail the rich history of virus discovery, field epidemiology and understanding of the richness of diversity that surrounds us. This lack of continuity may have immediate and disastrous consequences for public health when yet to be discovered arboviruses emerge. The purpose of these books is to bridge this gap by providing a historical context for the work being done today and provide continuity between the generations. To this end, the books provide a narrative of the thrill of scientific discovery and excitement of field adventures and lab studies of that generation -- essential reading for every arbovirologist, and highly recommended for all virologists and public health officials, as well as those students considering future research options. Volume I consists of the personal reflections of arbovirologists who played a significant role in the advancement of arbovirology across the globe. Volume II transitions to descriptions of region-specific and virus family-specific perspectives of arbovirology, as well as recollections of the early events of molecular advances and pathogenesis studies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages542
ISBN (Electronic)9783031219993
ISBN (Print)9783031219986
StatePublished - Jan 1 2023
Externally publishedYes


  • Arbovirus
  • Field studies
  • History of science
  • Virology
  • Virus discovery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine
  • General Immunology and Microbiology
  • General Agricultural and Biological Sciences
  • General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology


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