Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic

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W. W. Norton & Company, Oct 1, 2012 - Science - 592 pages
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“Science writing as detective story at its best.” —Jennifer Ouellette, Scientific American

A New York Times Notable Book of the Year, a Scientific American Best Book of the Year, and a Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.

Ebola, SARS, Hendra, AIDS, and countless other deadly viruses all have one thing in common: the bugs that transmit these diseases all originate in wild animals and pass to humans by a process called spillover. In this gripping account, David Quammen takes the reader along on this astonishing quest to learn how, where from, and why these diseases emerge and asks the terrifying question: What might the next big one be?

 

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User Review  - jen.e.moore - LibraryThing

This was terrific - Quammen does a great job of turning a complex, scary subject into something comprehensible (and still scary - but not nearly as bad as it was before). It feels weird to complement ... Read full review

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User Review  - whitewavedarling - LibraryThing

Quammen's discussion and investigation of zoonotic viruses is a fascinating ride, and reads more like a mystery or novel of intrigue than nonfiction focused into science and history. From chapter to ... Read full review

Contents

Thirteen Gorillas
Everything Comes from Somewhere
Dinner at the Rat Farm
The Deer the Parrot and the Kid Next Door
Going Viral
CelestialHosts VIII The Chimp and the River
It Depends
Notes
Bibliography
Acknowledgments
Index
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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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