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Level 4: Virus Hunters of the CDC Hardcover – 1999
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The hemorrhagic viral diseases, such as Ebola, are among the most elusive and gruesome diseases known to man. Joseph B. McCormick and Susan Fisher-Hoch, a husband-and-wife team formerly of the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, have spent their lives tracking these pathogens, traversing the globe in heroic efforts to confine them and prevent epidemic. In Level 4, McCormick and Fisher-Hoch recount their most gripping and rewarding experiences, and give insight into the stubborn bravery and driving curiosity that compels them to continually put their own lives at risk for the welfare of humanity.
From Library Journal
Fans of Richard Preston's The Hot Zone (LJ 8/94) and Laurie Garrett's The Coming Plague (LJ 9/15/94) should be eager to read these reminiscences by two researchers from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). McCormick (who is mentioned extensively in both books) and Fisher-Hoch worked together for many years investigating such exotic diseases as Lassa Fever and Ebola in Third World countries as well as at the CDC. They married in 1992 and now train epidemiologists in Karachi, Pakistan. Unfortuntately, the book's tone is uneven. The aim seems to be to provide interesting stories rather than either a coherent history of a disease or a detailed biography of the physicians. Garrett's book offers more information on the history and threat of emerging diseases, while Preston's is better written. Nevertheless, this is fascinating reading, making clear the authors' dedication and almost obsessive determination to find the source, nature, and possible cures for these frightening diseases. For all collections.
-?Marit MacArthur, Auraria Lib., Denver
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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It is very interesting to read biographies by those involved in the discovery of the modern plagues, where I would venture to say that Ebola is now fairly well known, although this may not have been the case a few years back. I enjoyed reading the first hand accounts of those that have been there and done that, so to say, trying to track down the pathogen behind the outbreaks you only read about in the newspapers.
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