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"...a first-hand account of one man's experiences in trying to contain the outbreak of hot viruses, such as Ebola, in countries as far away as Africa & South & Central America & in cities as close as Reston, Virginia."
Peters, now the chief of special pathogens at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and novelist Olshaker (Blood Race, 1989, etc.) have the knack of writing about T-cells and antibodies with clarity and vigor. Peters's colorful account of his field work in Central America, where as a brand-new doctor he studied tropical viruses with the US Public Health Service, evokes images of Indiana Jones in Raiders of the Lost Ark. Later he joined the US Army's Medical Research Institute of Infectious Disease, and it was as chief of its infectious diseases division that he played a major role in containing the 1989 Reston (Va.) Ebola outbreak that was the subject of Richard Preston's bestseller The Hot Zone. Peters, no shrinking violet, offers a different perspective on that terrifying episode—one more sympathetic to the army—than the one presented by Preston. And in the immediacy of his narrative, lab work takes on a high level of excitement. In his present position with the CDC, he has major concerns about the threat of lethal new viruses. He warns that if another incident like the outbreak at Reston were to occur today we would not be much better prepared. He worries, too, about biological terrorism, for his years with the army have made him aware of its potential horrors. Peters offers some concrete suggestions for how to prepare for these eventualities, such as global surveillance and the establishment of hospital procedures for large-scale emergencies. He also urges that scientists get a better handle on viruses and work out the basics of a vaccine or drug therapy for each viral family.
As entertaining as an adventure novel, but with a deadly serious message, this is a valuable addition to the growing body of literature on emerging viruses.
From the Hardcover edition.
Posted February 11, 2010
This book was truly amazing. I became interested in the field of virology because of "The Hot Zone," and this book is just another step on the road of reading about the topic. This book did seem to go off on quite a few tangents, but they were interesting and comprehensive.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 7, 2007
If you are interested in medicine and science, this is the book for you. It is full of stories of disease outbreaks that C.J. Peters MD, has encountered throughout his years in the field. He also goes in depth about how they identify and treat these diseases. It is really mind-boggling how horrible of viruses are out there, and how fast they can spread though a population. The prologue and first three chapters are very exciting, packed with new information that really got me thinking. After that, the majority of the book is repeating what was already said, and was extremely long-winded. He goes back and forth between different virus outbreaks, not in any logical order, and rambles on and on. Also, the author goes way off topic and spends whole chapters talking about how his marriage was falling apart, which has absolutely nothing to do with the rest of the book. After the first few chapters, the book was a struggle to get through it completely lost my interest, and I usually find this topic fascinating. If I could tell the author one aspect of the book to change I would tell him to condense. The same story could have been conveyed in half the length and it would have been mush more intriguing. I do not want to say that this is the worst book I have ever read, it does have quite a bit of interesting information but I still do not want to highly recommend reading it unless you are up for a long read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 23, 2009
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Posted June 19, 2009
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