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Rabid: A Cultural History of the World's Most Diabolical Virus

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

Truly fascinating subject approached simultaneously from a scien

Truly fascinating subject approached simultaneously from a scientific and cultural viewpoint. You won't be able to stop reading.

posted by Morin on July 21, 2012

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6 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

A poorly written and rambling account of a fascinating subject

It is usually best to read books on scientific topics which are written by an expert in the field. Bill Wasik (wired magazine) and Monica Murphy (veterinarian) are certainly not experts and Rabid suffers for it. You will find very little insight into the disease that ...
It is usually best to read books on scientific topics which are written by an expert in the field. Bill Wasik (wired magazine) and Monica Murphy (veterinarian) are certainly not experts and Rabid suffers for it. You will find very little insight into the disease that you could not find in an hour of google searching (which is exactly what this book is...a compilation of random information centered around one topic from people who have no independent knowledge to source from). The pointless off topic ramblings and irrelevancies (the backstory of Saint Hubert for example) and constant use of unnecessary words (eg. "Perhaps it is fitting, then-karmic, even, if we may borrow from a different creed...") leaves the reader rabidly sprinting down the page in search of on relevant fact on the topic of rabies. Don't get me wrong, I like tangents and "bar facts" but not if they are irrelevant, uninteresting and horribly written.

posted by Cubis on August 2, 2012

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  • Posted July 21, 2012

    Truly fascinating subject approached simultaneously from a scien

    Truly fascinating subject approached simultaneously from a scientific and cultural viewpoint. You won't be able to stop reading.

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2012

    Fun read.

    An excellent look into the history of a disease that has followed man for millenia. References range from classical mythology to cuttung edge biomedical research.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2013

    Boredom !not the book

    I'm so bored ! I need a nookfreind !
    Here's my email adress : baker_patrick@bellsouth, ( supossed to be a dot )net

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2012

    Interesting disease history and culture interwoven

    A truly fascinating book. This non fiction account explores rabies from the ancient Greeks to present day. I liked the hodge podge nature of the book with interesting anecdotes throughout. The section on the life and work of Louis Pasteur alone made the book worth reading.

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    Posted July 25, 2012

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