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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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"Quammen (The Song of the Dodo) is a masterful writer who adroitly blends science and journalism, speculation and fact, as well as horror and humor in his latest tour de force. He traverses the globe exploring cases in which animal-borne diseases somehow jump to humans, often with devastating consequences. This cross-species transmission of disease — the 'spillover' of the book's title — has happened for the 200,000 years modern humans have been present on the earth, but the frequency and consequences of such events have been increasing dramatically in recent years. According to Quammen, diseases of this sort are responsible for 'the death of more than 29 million people since 1981.' And, as he explains so well, these diseases 'represent the unintended results of things we are doing.' Environmental destruction, burgeoning human populations, increased mobility, and extremely different patterns of food production are all part of his story. Quammen is adept at describing the epidemiology, anthropology, and molecular biology of SARS, AIDS, Ebola, and a host of other frightening maladies. His profiles of researchers, both in the lab and in the field, are every bit as compelling as are his descriptions of those unlucky enough to catch one of these dreadful diseases. This is a frightening but critically important book for anyone interested in learning about the prospects of the world's next major pandemic. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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"This is a frightening and fascinating masterpiece of science reporting that reads like a detective story. David Quammen takes us on a quest to understand AIDS, Ebola, and other diseases that share a frightening commonality: they all jumped from wild animals to humans. By explaining this growing trend, Quammen not only provides a warning about the diseases we will face in the future, he also causes us to reflect on our place as humans in the earth's ecosystem." Walter Isaacson, author of Steve Jobs

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

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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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Anne-Marie, June 26, 2014 (view all comments by Anne-Marie)
A fascinating read if you are a disease-nerd like me. It's evident that Quammen has done his research, often on the ground assisting the various scientists in question as they attempt to solve the mysteries of new illnesses. It is both intriguing and daunting to think of all the possible viruses out there that we humans have not yet encountered. The book is presented in an easy to read style, yet filled with lots of scientific information and even an equation or two. A really great read that left me feeling I'd learned something.
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humungo, December 28, 2013 (view all comments by humungo)
This is edge-of-your seat science writing. You've heard of HIV, SARS, Ebola, Bird Flu. Spillover, about the emerging threat of viruses that cross the species barrier, takes you from the jungles of Africa to the ultra-secure labs of the CDC, looking for links, causes, anything to help us respond to the next HIV or flu pandemic. David Quammen does it again, weaving together a compelling narrative that is part medical detective story, part adventure romp, and part cautionary tale.
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Jessica Moore, January 11, 2013 (view all comments by Jessica Moore)
Wow! Animals, viruses, mysteries, travel...you get in all in Spillover. Quammen did a fantastic job of exploring these zoonotic virus origins all over the world--he provides enough detail to explain the complexity of the situations but doesn't overwhelm the reader with technical lingo and jargon. Many of the viruses (and bacterium) discussed will amaze you and making you feel a little uneasy about how closely the world is connected!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780393066807
Subtitle:
Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic
Author:
Quammen, David
Author:
Quammen, David
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Subject:
Microbiology
Subject:
Biology-Microbiology
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20121031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
592
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.125 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Quammen (The Song of the Dodo) is a masterful writer who adroitly blends science and journalism, speculation and fact, as well as horror and humor in his latest tour de force. He traverses the globe exploring cases in which animal-borne diseases somehow jump to humans, often with devastating consequences. This cross-species transmission of disease — the 'spillover' of the book's title — has happened for the 200,000 years modern humans have been present on the earth, but the frequency and consequences of such events have been increasing dramatically in recent years. According to Quammen, diseases of this sort are responsible for 'the death of more than 29 million people since 1981.' And, as he explains so well, these diseases 'represent the unintended results of things we are doing.' Environmental destruction, burgeoning human populations, increased mobility, and extremely different patterns of food production are all part of his story. Quammen is adept at describing the epidemiology, anthropology, and molecular biology of SARS, AIDS, Ebola, and a host of other frightening maladies. His profiles of researchers, both in the lab and in the field, are every bit as compelling as are his descriptions of those unlucky enough to catch one of these dreadful diseases. This is a frightening but critically important book for anyone interested in learning about the prospects of the world's next major pandemic. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Review" by , "This is a frightening and fascinating masterpiece of science reporting that reads like a detective story. David Quammen takes us on a quest to understand AIDS, Ebola, and other diseases that share a frightening commonality: they all jumped from wild animals to humans. By explaining this growing trend, Quammen not only provides a warning about the diseases we will face in the future, he also causes us to reflect on our place as humans in the earth's ecosystem."
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