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Virus Hunter: Thirty Years of Battling Hot Viruses Around the World Paperback – April 13, 1998
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I am still rating the book five stars, because the last two chapters were the best. They sum up all that he has learned in his career, and make projections into the future. He also discusses extensively throughout his book the political considerations and bureaucracy that all scientists have to deal with. The book was written several years ago, but his imaginary scenario sounds almost exactly like what is currently happening with the SARS virus. He also discusses biological terrorism and chemical and biological warfare, and gives his thoughts about all these things from the perspective of all he has learned in his entire career. These chapters are EXTREMELY pertinent to what is happening today.
Unlike "Hot Zone" (mentioned by previous reviewers) this book is non-fiction and written by an expert.
The story provides any would-be epidemiologist with a realistic view of the problems and challenges that are likely to be encountered. (Though it is unlikely that he, or she, would experience this much adventure in one lifetime - Peters is the James Bond of epidemiologists!) When dealing with communities of people with varying cultural and religious beliefs, not all of the challenges are of a scientific nature.
Reading this book is well worth the time - and particularly recommended to young people thinking of entering the field of medicine. There can be more to life as a doctor than cursing HMOs and tracking a swollen stock portfolio!
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Every one should read this book - written several years ago but still very important info and history of dealing with dangerous viruses and handling of these very important... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
May be over-dramatized in some aspects but is a very riveting account of C.J. Peters life in epidemiology.Published 2 months ago by Autumn coalwell
A good read for those of you out there who are interested in the field of infectious disease epidemiology. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Johan Ulfstedt
This is one of the best books I have ever read. Thrilling page turner. Bonus points awarded for it being an actual autobiography, not a novel.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
Received this book extremely fast. Was like new and much better than I was expecting! Awesome book! Thank you!Published 15 months ago by Jordan Turner
Great book, wish he'd written more books. Interesting facts well presented.Published 21 months ago by Thamina Haque
Reads like a novel, but is true and accurate. Recent ebola outbreak makes this book more compelling than it was originally.Published 21 months ago by srhdds
Interesting book and very timely. Sheds light on the current ebola crisis and what the aid workers have to deal with.Published 24 months ago by Linda Q.