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A longtime contributor to The New Yorker and author of the bestseller The Hot Zone, Preston is a skillful journalist whose work flows like a science fiction thriller. Based on extensive interviews with smallpox experts, health workers, and members of the U.S. intelligence community, The Demon in the Freezer details the history and behavior of the virus and how it was eventually isolated and eradicated by the heroic individuals of the World Health Organization. Preston also explains why a battle still rages between those who want to destroy all known stocks of the virus and those who want to keep some samples alive until a cure is found. This is a bitterly contentious point between scientists. Some worry that further testing will trigger a biological arms race, while others argue that more research is necessary since there are currently too few available doses of the vaccine to deal with a major outbreak. The anthrax scare of October, 2001, which Preston also writes about in this book, has served to reinforce the present dangers of biological warfare.
As Preston eloquently states in this powerful book, this scourge, once contained, was let loose again due to human weakness: "The virus's last strategy for survival was to bewitch its host and become a source of power. We could eradicate smallpox from nature, but we could not uproot the virus from the human heart." --Shawn Carkonen --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Much like the book the "Hot Zone" this book is a very technical read.
"The Demon in the Freezer" is a chilly story about the eradication of smallpox and how and why there are still samples of it existing in our world.
You really feel every moment of this book and may even find your palms sweating just thinking about the situation at hand.
This will keep you awake at night. More terrifying than the Hot Zone.Published 1 day ago by Paul Douglas
Excellent book! Very, very interesting. All doctors, nurses and other medical workers should have this information.Published 3 days ago by Amazon Customer
Some serious nastiness covered.Slow but interesting.Don't regret reading but would try different author on topic next time.Published 8 days ago by bob
Part smallpox and part anthrax- this book was an interesting study of both diseases in brief and provided a glimpse into the horror of smallpox. I would recommend it.Published 20 days ago by David Helcel
As someone who is interested in disease, this book taught me so much about smallpox. There was so much I didn't know about it and Richard Preston's writing is once gain brilliant.Published 21 days ago by K. Said