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The Pandemic Century: One Hundred Years of Panic, Hysteria, and Hubris

The Pandemic Century: One Hundred Years of Panic, Hysteria, and Hubris

Scritto da Mark Honigsbaum

Narrato da John Lee


The Pandemic Century: One Hundred Years of Panic, Hysteria, and Hubris

Scritto da Mark Honigsbaum

Narrato da John Lee

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4.5/5 (34 valutazioni)
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13 ore
Pubblicato:
Apr 9, 2019
ISBN:
9781684419883
Formato:
Audiolibro

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Coronavirus…

The 20th century was one full of technological gains that both helped combat and spread new infectious diseases. Mark Honingsbaum chronicles nine pandemics from the past century, revealing the importance of keeping mass hysteria under control along with the diseases.

Descrizione

Ever since the 1918 Spanish influenza pandemic, scientists have dreamed of preventing catastrophic outbreaks of infectious disease. Yet despite a century of medical progress, viral and bacterial disasters continue to take us by surprise, inciting panic and dominating news cycles. From the Spanish flu to the 1924 outbreak of pneumonic plague in Los Angeles to the 1930 "parrot fever" pandemic, through the more recent SARS, Ebola, and Zika epidemics, the last one hundred years have been marked by a succession of unanticipated pandemic alarms.

In The Pandemic Century, a lively account of scares both infamous and less known, Mark Honigsbaum combines reportage with the history of science and medical sociology to artfully reconstruct epidemiological mysteries and the ecology of infectious diseases. We meet dedicated disease detectives, obstructive or incompetent public health officials, and brilliant scientists often blinded by their own knowledge of bacteria and viruses. Like man-eating sharks, predatory pathogens are always present in nature, waiting to strike; when one is seemingly vanquished, others appear in its place. These pandemics remind us of the limits of scientific knowledge, as well as the role that human behavior and technologies play in the emergence and spread of microbial diseases.

Pubblicato:
Apr 9, 2019
ISBN:
9781684419883
Formato:
Audiolibro


Informazioni sull'autore

Mark Honigsbaum is a journalist, writer and Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. Formerly Chief Reporter of the Observer, he has contributed articles for most British national newspapers and has made several documentaries for television. When he isn’t travelling in South America he lives in London with his wife and two children

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  • (5/5)
    Great overview of bacteria and viruses that have recently plighted humanity
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    Interesting read. I just feel that all the centuries, when looked at this granularly, could be considered pandemic centuries, so the conceit of the 1900s being especially bad is a bit shortsighted or a scare tactic. Let us not forget the black death nor all the cholera and dysentery, polio and smallpox, etc. I guess record keeping might have made the 1900s the century with the best statistics available.

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    4 persone l'hanno trovata utile

    Excellent well documented book on a most timely topic. Very useful history of research and government attempts to limit the spread of infectious disease. A MUST READ.

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