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Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic


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ISBN13: 9780393066807
ISBN10: 0393066800
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Eric Waltari, November 11, 2014 (view all comments by Eric Waltari)
David Quammen's writing is as informative and captivating as ever. I just re-read the Ebola portion - a great, scientific contrast to the hype-filled airwaves right now.
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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, 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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aberke, January 2, 2013 (view all comments by aberke)
"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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Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic
Quammen, David
Quammen, David
W. W. Norton & Company
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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."
"Synopsis" by , A masterpiece of science reporting that tracks the animal origins of emerging human diseases.
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