Mad Cow U.S.A.: Could the Nightmare Happen Here?
Common Courage Press, 1997 - Antiques & Collectibles - 246 pages
Science, propaganda and the meat you eat.
"Some of the best investigative reporting around". -- San Francisco Bay Guardian
"Every bit as mind-blowing as Upton Sinclair's The Jungle and Rachel Carson's Silent Spring". -- Bill McKibben, Hungry Mind Review
After a decade of denial, the British government stunned the world in 1996 by admitting that the deadly dementia affecting its beef and dairy herds was "the most likely cause" of a new, equally deadly human disease which may have already infected millions of people. In the United States, meanwhile, official spokespersons continue to mislead the public with reassurances that the disease isn't happening and can't happen here. Mad Cow USA tells you the truth, based on extensive research and government documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act.
Mad Cow USA looks at the scientists and science behind a rare and capricious class of diseases that have baffled researchers for centuries. It follows the career of eccentric doctor Carleton Gajdusek through his Nobel Prize-winning explorations of a devastating epidemic among human cannibals in Papua New Guinea. It charts the rise to prominence of Stanley Prusiner, once derided as a charlatan for his "prion" theory which "commits heresy against the central dogma of modern biology". It shows how other scientists' careers have risen and fallen based on their willingness to parrot government and industry assurances that your food is safe.
Mad Cow USA tells a scary story, and the scariest part of all is the picture it paints of scientific and government ignorance, arrogance and reckless technological tampering with the human food supply. It shows you where science, politics andmodern industry collide -- on your dinner plate.
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Mad cow U. S. A.: could the nightmare happen here?User Review - Book Verdict
The epidemic of "mad cow disease" in Britain caused great economic damage, a political crisis, and general panic when it was discovered that humans were apparently acquiring a fatal neurological malady called Creutzfeld-Jacob syndrome from eating the meat of cattle infected by feed containing protein from carcasses of sheep suffering from a disease called scrapie. Richard Rhodes's Deadly Feasts (LJ 3/15/97) provided a lively, sometimes lurid account of how an eccentric scientist named Carleton Gajdusek and others investigating kuru, a disease of New Guinea cannibals, discovered this whole new family of strange, deadly diseases, called transmissible spongiform enchephelopathies, or TSEs. Rampton and Stauber (Toxic Sludge Is Good for You, Common Courage, 1995) cover some of the same ground and more, also in a gripping but better documented way. But the real emphasis here is the conflict between the economic interests of meat industry associations and concerns about potential threats to public health. The authors detail how industry associations and sometimes government agencies have worked to discredit those concerned about public health issues. While the FDA has recently banned the feeding of mammalian tissues to ruminant animals, this is still an important book for its detailed revelations about the dangers of the TSEs and the complex but important issues of balancing economic and political interests and protecting public health. Highly recommended for most collections.--Marit MacArthur, Auraria Lib., Denver
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