"... compelling ..."
American Journal of Human Biology
"The book is well-illustrated with maps, graphs and other data in tabular form and ends with an extensive bibliography ... This fascinating work is strongly recommended to all microbiolgists, immunologists, epidemiologists, and historians of these related disciplines."
"Biology of Plagues is a fascinating read for those interested in the history of infectious disease and it is provocative and thought provoking."
"... compelling ... Scott and Duncan offer evidence that will convince readers and provoke historians to test their conclusions through additional research. This is an outstanding and complex book that not only makes a significant contribution to many different scholarly fields, but it reads like a detective story and is difficult to put down ... this work is a key reinterpretation that will influence future research and the teaching of European and world history."
Canadian Bulletin of Medical History
"Filled with scientific and historical data, Biology of Plagues will provide ample fodder for not only historians and sciences interested in the study of historic epidemics, but also for modern day public health experts who not only have to deal with current outbreaks, but also future outbreaks of both well-known and novel diseases."
Anna Dogole, History in Review (historyinreview.org)
The threat of unstoppable plague is an ever-present threat in these days of AIDS and Ebola. In the past, the Black Death and the Great Plague of London killed millions across Europe. Always assumed to be bubonic plague, this fascinating volume combining epidemiology and molecular biology with computer-modelling shows that it was not so. It will be of interest to a wide variety of readers in the social and biological sciences who are interested in the plagues of our past, and also in the implications for future epidemics.