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Return of the Black Death: The World's Greatest Serial Killer
     

Return of the Black Death: The World's Greatest Serial Killer

by Susan Scott
 

If the twenty-first century seems an unlikely stage for the return of a 14th-century killer, the authors of Return of the Black Death argue that the plague, which vanquished half of Europe, has only lain dormant, waiting to emerge again—perhaps, in another form. At the heart of their chilling scenario is their contention that the plague was spread by

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If the twenty-first century seems an unlikely stage for the return of a 14th-century killer, the authors of Return of the Black Death argue that the plague, which vanquished half of Europe, has only lain dormant, waiting to emerge again—perhaps, in another form. At the heart of their chilling scenario is their contention that the plague was spread by direct human contact (not from rat fleas) and was, in fact, a virus perhaps similar to AIDS and Ebola. Noting the periodic occurrence of plagues throughout history, the authors predict its inevitable re-emergence sometime in the future, transformed by mass mobility and bioterrorism into an even more devastating killer.

Editorial Reviews

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“… a piece of astonishing medical detective work…” (Observer, 16 May 2004)

“… a good account of the history of the three great plagues.” (Nature, 8th July 2004)

“… a compelling read…” (NewScientist.com, July 2004)

“Using documents of unimaginably diverse provenance, Susan Scott and Christopher Duncan assume the role of ‘plague detectives’.” (The Lancet, July 2004)

“…a compelling read…” (New Scientist, July 04)

“…humour, accessible style and gripping disgust-factor…well written…a rare achivement…” (Lancet, July 04)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780470090008
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
07/09/2004
Pages:
318
Product dimensions:
5.31(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.14(d)

Meet the Author

Professor Christopher Duncan is Emeritus Professor of Zoology at Liverpool University. He has written over 200 published papers and seven books.

Susan Scott is a Social Historian specializing in demography. She has written 30 published papers and three books.
Susan Scott and Christopher Duncan have spent years analysing the series of plagues that ravaged Europe throughout the Middle Ages.

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