Rabid: A Cultural History of the World's Most Diabolical Virus
A maddened creature, frothing at the mouth, lunges at an innocent victim—and, with a bite, transforms its prey into another raving monster. It’s a scenario that underlies our darkest tales of supernatural horror, but its power derives from a very real virus, a deadly scourge known to mankind from... show more
A maddened creature, frothing at the mouth, lunges at an innocent victim—and, with a bite, transforms its prey into another raving monster. It’s a scenario that underlies our darkest tales of supernatural horror, but its power derives from a very real virus, a deadly scourge known to mankind from our earliest days. In this fascinating exploration, journalist Bill Wasik and veterinarian Monica Murphy chart four thousand years in the history, science, and cultural mythology of rabies. The most fatal virus known to science, rabies kills nearly 100 percent of its victims once the infection takes root in the brain. A disease that spreads avidly from animals to humans, rabies has served throughout history as a symbol of savage madness, of inhuman possession. And today, its history can help shed light on the wave of emerging diseases, from AIDS to SARS to avian flu, that we now know to originate in animal populations. From Greek myths to zombie flicks, from the laboratory heroics of Louis Pasteur to the contemporary search for a lifesaving treatment, Rabid is a fresh, fascinating, and often wildly entertaining look at one of mankind’s oldest and most fearsome foes.
Publish date: July 19th 2012
Publisher: Viking Adult
Pages no: 275
Edition language: English
Rabid describes how furiously I flew through this. I now know more about rabies and it's culture than I ever thought i would. What a horrific virus. This book was both fascinating and terrifying.
Greek myths and fake cures? Not going to lie, I was yawning a bit. But I loved everything starting with Chapter Four. Pasteur's lab dynamics and the little boy (Meister) who ended up defending the Pasteur's Institute from the Nazis just were amazing stories. Riveting.
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RABID: A CULTURAL HISTORY OF THE WORLD'S MOST DIABOLICAL VIRUSRabies is apparently the most fatal virus known to science. It is a disease that is transmitted to humans from another species (such as dogs and bats), usually by a bite from an infected animal. The rabies virus infects the central nerv...
I picked this up while I was browsing books at the library. The minute I opened it I was sucked in and ended up spending most of the afternoon at the library reading this book. Even if you're not really into viral pathology I will still say to give this book a try. It reads more like a mixture of ho...