From ancient scourges to modern-day pandemics!
Throughout historyeven recent historyhighly contagious, deadly, and truly horrible epidemics have swept through cities, countrysides, and even entire countries. Outbreak! catalogs fifty of those incidents in gruesome detail, including:
- The Sweating Sickness that killed 15,000, including Henry VIII's older brother
- Syphilis, the "French Disease," which spread throughout Europe in the late fifteenth century
- The romantic disease: tuberculosis, featured in La Boheme, La Traviata, and Les Miserables
- The worldwide outbreak of influenza in 1918, which killed 3 percent of the population
- The mysterious appearance of HIV in the 1980s
- The devastating spread of Ebola in West Africa in 2014
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About the Author
Beth Skwarecki is the health editor at LifeHacker.com. She also runs their health vertical, Vitals. She has previously worked as a freelance health and science writer and her work has been featured on Medscape, Performance Menu, Public Health Perspectives, Bitch magazine, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Science, and Scientific American. She is the author of Outbreak! 50 Tales of Epidemics that Terrorized the World and Genetics 101.