Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic
A Booklist Top 10 Science Book of 2012, a 2012 New York Times Book Review Notable Book, and a Daily Beast "Top 11 Book of 2012" A masterpiece of science reporting that tracks the animal origins of emerging human diseases.The emergence of strange new diseases is a frightening problem that seems to... show more
A Booklist Top 10 Science Book of 2012, a 2012 New York Times Book Review Notable Book, and a Daily Beast "Top 11 Book of 2012" A masterpiece of science reporting that tracks the animal origins of emerging human diseases.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?
Publish date: 2012-10-01
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Pages no: 592
Edition language: English
This is a book about zoonoses, diseases that come to humans from other animals. It is scary, sure, because there are always new microbes out there ready to go rampaging through our vast society. It is also rather comforting, both the methodical search for vectors and reservoirs, the details of trans...
This was an excellent survey of various "spillover" infections and how they were identified. It is a fascinating subject, and Quammen handles it very well. Very thorough, but with humor and empathy. The writing style is almost like an accomplished and very knowledgeable storyteller. It works wel...
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A fascinating, riveting, and terrifying look at zoonotic viruses. It seems likely that the next pandemic will result from our ongoing destruction of rainforest habitats. I've also decided that if I ever do have the opportunity to visit China I'm going to bring my own food.
Outstanding. Every couple pages, in passing, details and facts that amplified the sense of awe that--more than the fear inherent in the history and all-too-likely future of viral pandemics--fuels this book:One in every four species of mammal is a bat.The narrative threads a lushly-digressive explor...