Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic

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W. W. Norton & Company, Oct 1, 2012 - Medical - 587 pages
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A Booklist Top 10 Science Book of 2012, a 2012 New York Times Book Review Notable Book, and a Daily Beast "Top 11 Book of 2012"

A masterpiece of science reporting that tracks the animal origins of emerging human diseases.

The emergence of strange new diseases is a frightening problem that seems to be getting worse. In this age of speedy travel, it threatens a worldwide pandemic. We hear news reports of Ebola, SARS, AIDS, and something called Hendra killing horses and people in Australia—but those reports miss the big truth that such phenomena are part of a single pattern. The bugs that transmit these diseases share one thing: they originate in wild animals and pass to humans by a process called spillover. David Quammen tracks this subject around the world. He recounts adventures in the field—netting bats in China, trapping monkeys in Bangladesh, stalking gorillas in the Congo—with the world’s leading disease scientists. In Spillover Quammen takes the reader along on this astonishing quest to learn how, where from, and why these diseases emerge, and he asks the terrifying question: What might the next big one be?

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Review: Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic

User Review  - Andrea Greenleaf - Goodreads

Fascinating book. The complex science is clearly explained, and the narrative is engagingly written. I picked it up originally because in a parallel universe I'm an epidemiologist and because the ... Read full review

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User Review  - Robert Davidson - Goodreads

Excellent book by a very articulate Author who knows his Subject. Reads like a series of Detective Novels except these incidents are all true. At present there is another outbreak of Ebola in Central ... Read full review

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David Quammen is the author of The Song of the Dodo, among other books. He has been honored by the American Academy of Arts and Letters and is the recipient of a John Burroughs Medal and the National Magazine Award. He lives in Bozeman, Montana.

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