Plague: A Story of Science, Rivalry, and the Scourge That Won't Go Away

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Macmillan, May 1, 2004 - History - 320 pages
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“You thought the bubonic plague had gone the way of powdered wigs? Try again: It could happen anytime. Edward Marriott’s dramatic, gripping new book gives you yet another thing to worry about.” —New York

Plague. The very word carries an unholy resonance. No other disease can claim its apocalyptic power: it can lie dormant for centuries, only to resurface with nation-killing force. Here, with the high drama of an adventure tale, Edward Marriott unravels the story of this lethal disease: the historic battle to identify its source, the devastating effects of pandemics, and the prospects for new outbreaks. Marriott begins the trail in Hong Kong in the summer of 1894, when a plague diagnosis brought to the island two top scientists—Alexandre Yersin, a maverick Frenchman, and his Japanese rival, Shibasaburo Kitasato. Marriott interweaves the narrative of their fierce competition with vivid scenes of the scourge’s persistence: California in 1900; Surat, India, in 1994; and New York City sometime in the future.

A masterly account of medical and human history, Plague is at once an instructive warning and a chilling read.
 

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A contemporary history of the plague, from 1894, when top scientists Alexandre Yersin and Shibasaburo Kitasato vied to discover the source of a Hong Kong outbreak, to contemporary New York, which ... Read full review

Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
11
Section 3
16
Section 4
24
Section 5
34
Section 6
42
Section 7
54
Section 8
65
Section 14
122
Section 15
135
Section 16
157
Section 17
178
Section 18
194
Section 19
202
Section 20
210
Section 21
226

Section 9
73
Section 10
79
Section 11
101
Section 12
111
Section 13
115
Section 22
245
Section 23
267
Section 24
272
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Edward Marriott is the author of Savage Shore (0-8050-5556-8) and The Lost Tribe (0-8050-6449-4), a New York Times Best Travel Book. A recipient of the Thomas Cook and Banff Awards, he lives in London, where he contributes regularly to the BBC, the Times, and Esquire magazine.

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