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Microbes are no fun!,
This review is from: The Coming Plague: Newly Emerging Diseases in a World Out of Balance (Paperback)
I read this book two years ago and thought it was a great read. I just finished reading it again and have to say that I liked it even more the second time around. I should warn you however, that if you're looking for lighthearted summer reading that'll lull you into complacency and make you feel all warm and fuzzy about the world- stick to Oprah's book list. The only warm fuzzies you'll find in this very informative and well-written book are the microbes and viruses that make up the subject matter.
Laurie Garrett has done a masterful job of chronicling the spread of infectious diseases over the last 50 years. The book is divided into sections that give the history of the rise (and in one or two cases- the fall) of the major pandemics of this century. The chapter on AIDS is worth the price of the book alone and should be required reading for political science students. It's the perfect case study on how apathy, intolerance, ignorance and political infighting foster the spread of infectious diseases.
The underlying message of The Coming Plague is that we are at war with oodles and oodles of really small things whose survival instincts are much better than ours. In short- we're losing! These pernicious little buggers seem to be able to adapt much quicker than we can find new ways to kill them.
The Coming Plague reads like a detective story. And Garrett does a fine job of making it human and personal by giving us a peek into the lives of the scientists who are heading up the fight to solve the mysteries -and the victims who suffer from them.
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Initial post: Jul 31, 2014 9:29:12 PM PDT
Peggy Davis says:
Agree with you. I am reading more slowly & researching other sources as I read. I normally read a book in a day, 3 days @ the very most. However, this book has so much information, facts - I began a journal to keep entries of the different diseases etc. & the tensions, various problems facing the DR's, healthcare workers, political turmoils, -- I am knee deep in facts & figures and totally enjoying it. I am a nurse and care for patients in isolation - nothing like Ebola, Marburg- however in negative pressure, gowned up & with all the precautions; it is very rewarding work, very glad to volunteer for all isolation work; want to be w/ the patient to let them know how much they are loved, as long as they are conscious. They need the human 'touch' and I need to see their eyes acknowledge they know someone can see their humanity and dignity. Sadness and Dignity and Love.
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