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The British epidemic of bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or "mad cow" disease, is only one in a series of mysterious and often fatal afflictions that have baffled scientists for more than 40 years. Deadly Feasts is a compelling account of decades of research into a family of diseases ranging from kuru in primitive human tribes to scrapie in sheep. Richard Rhodes traces the attempts of scientists to understand these strange diseases, which are now known to be transmitted by ingesting the brain or nervous tissue of infected creatures, even though the pathogen itself is an enigma that seems to be neither bacterial nor viral. Deadly Feasts is packed with historical, anthropological, and epidemiological detail, and is graphic and occasionally even alarming in its speculations. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Readers expecting the next The Hot Zone (LJ 8/94) may be disappointed in Rhodes's (Dark Sun, LJ 8/95) latest work. While it contains similar sensationalist elements (there's a gruesome account of a cannibal feast in New Guinea), the narrative lacks the hyperactive, dramatic pacing that made Richard Preston's title a best seller. Instead, Deadly Feasts is a sobering, straightforward if somewhat overly detailed acount of how scientists have tracked the emergence of a new group of fatal brain diseases?transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs)?that affect humans (Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease) and animals (mad cow disease). Noting that these diseases are spread via "industrial cannibalism" (e.g., infected animal remains fed to animals, humans eating contaminated meat), Rhodes warns that, unless the government takes action, we could face a new "Black Death" deadlier than Ebola. Plenty of food for thought here. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 2/15/97; the publication date was changed from June to coincide with the FDA's considering a proposed ban on feeding processed ruminant animal wastes to cattle.?Ed.]?Wilda Williams, "Library Journal.
-?Wilda Williams, "Library Journal"
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
No one is better than Richard Rhodes at conveying technical information to non-technical readers .Published 7 months ago by Eivin Brudie
I first read this book in 2003, while going to California to work on the Exotic Newcastle Disease eradication program for USDA. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Doug Johnson
I bought this book as required reading for class as a text about the origins of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), aka mad cow disease. Read morePublished 14 months ago by slim
I first "read" this as an audio book on tape years ago - it's the book that got me to decide to stop eating beef (I'd already stopped eating lamb many years before) and to... Read morePublished 15 months ago by A. Gjeny
An interesting look into the origins of a possibly food related deadly brain diseases.....Alzheimers Disease or Mad Cow Disease...Any way you look at it is worth reading.Published 16 months ago by Judy Wunsch
The wife of a good friend died from this disease. This book was very enlightening - - absolutely spellbinding in audio!Published 22 months ago by Arthur F. West
Purchased for my girlfriend because she lost her husband to mad cow disease. My daughter/nurse gave me this book to read.Published on July 29, 2013 by Stella Burns
Do not start reading this book if you have anything that needs to be done; you will NOT be able to put this book down! Read morePublished on March 25, 2013 by Hanky