Return of the Black Death: The World's Greatest Serial Killer

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John Wiley & Sons, Dec 10, 2007 - History - 318 pages
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If the twenty-first century seems an unlikely stage for the return of a 14th-century killer, the authors of Return of the Black Death argue that the plague, which vanquished half of Europe, has only lain dormant, waiting to emerge again—perhaps, in another form. At the heart of their chilling scenario is their contention that the plague was spread by direct human contact (not from rat fleas) and was, in fact, a virus perhaps similar to AIDS and Ebola. Noting the periodic occurrence of plagues throughout history, the authors predict its inevitable re-emergence sometime in the future, transformed by mass mobility and bioterrorism into an even more devastating killer.
  

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Review: Return of the Black Death: The World's Greatest Serial Killer

User Review  - Lolo Yo - Goodreads

An astonishing account of detective work and history, cleverly informing the public without a preventative medicine background. Non-fiction that reads as a science fiction thriller. Includes all the ... Read full review

Review: Return of the Black Death: The World's Greatest Serial Killer

User Review  - Cyre - Goodreads

A great read detailing the history and epidemiology of the black death. The authors present an excellent case the disease in question was not bubonic plague but viral hemorrhagic fever. Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
Chapter 1 Birth of a Serial Killer
11
Chapter 2 The Black Death Crosses the Channel
35
Chapter 3 After the Black Death The French Connection
47
Chapter 4 Tentacles of the Plague
59
Chapter 5 England under Siege
73
Chapter 6 Portrait of an Epidemic
103
Chapter 7 The Great Plague of London
121
Chapter 12 DNA Analysis A Red Herring
185
Chapter 13 The True Story of a Historic Village
191
Chapter 14 The Surprising Link between AIDS and the Black Death
207
Chapter 15 Assembling the Jigsaw Puzzle
215
Chapter 16 The Black Death in Hiding
229
Chapter 17 Why Did Haemorrhagic Plague Suddenly Disappear?
245
Chapter 18 The Dangers of Emergent Diseases
249
Chapter 19 The Return of the Black Death?
265

Chapter 8 How Bugs and Germs Operate
137
Chapter 9 Building an Identikit of the Killer
153
Chapter 10 Debunking History
165
Chapter 11 The Biology of Bubonic Plague A Myth Revisited
171
Chapter 20 Is There Something more Terrible than the Black Death?
287
Further Reading
301
Index
305
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About the author (2007)

Professor Christopher Duncan is Emeritus Professor of Zoology at Liverpool University. He has written over 200 published papers and seven books.

Susan Scott is a Social Historian specialising in demography. She has written 30 published papers and three books.

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