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Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic by David Quammen
Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic

aberke, January 2, 2013

"Spillover" is an engrossing and wide-ranging account of zoonotic diseases familiar (AIDS, SARS, Ebola) and less so (Hendra, Nipah) that easily combines first-person accounts from sufferers and medical professionals with scientific descriptions of the immune systems of bats and the differences between viral and bacterial infections. Zoonotic diseases interest many readers, but what sets Spillover apart is Quammen's impeccable writing. When he writes about science, his descriptions have the perfect amount of detail, which (as a doctoral student in science) I find rare in "popular science" books. When he writes about the history and culture of emergent diseases, he is literary, imaginative, and evocative of unfamiliar regions. I even learned a new word--"bruit," meaning to gossip or spread around--something which hasn't happened in years, and was quite fun.
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