Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic

Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic

by David Quammen

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Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic by David Quammen

"[Mr. Quammen] is not just among our best science writers but among our best writers, period." —Dwight Garner, New York TimesThe next big human pandemic—the next disease cataclysm, perhaps on the scale of AIDS or the 1918 influenza—is likely to be caused by a new virus coming to humans from wildlife. Experts call such an event “spillover” and they warn us to brace ourselves. David Quammen has tracked this subject from the jungles of Central Africa, the rooftops of Bangladesh, and the caves of southern China to the laboratories where researchers work in space suits to study lethal viruses. He illuminates the dynamics of Ebola, SARS, bird flu, Lyme disease, and other emerging threats and tells the story of AIDS and its origins as it has never before been told. Spillover reads like a mystery tale, full of mayhem and clues and questions. When the Next Big One arrives, what will it look like? From which innocent host animal will it emerge? Will we be ready?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393346619
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 09/09/2013
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 592
Sales rank: 97,802
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

David Quammen is the author of The Song of the Dodo, among other books. He has been honored with the John Burroughs Medal for nature writing, an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, an award in the art of the essay from PEN, and (three times) the National Magazine Award. Quammen is also a contributing writer for National Geographic. He lives in Bozeman, Montana.

Table of Contents

I Pale Horse 11

II Thirteen Gorillas 51

III Everything Comes from Somewhere 125

IV Dinner at the Rat Farm 165

V The Deer, the Parrot, and the Kid Next Door 209

VI Going Viral 261

VII Celestial Hosts 311

VIII The Chimp and the River 383

IX It Depends 491

Notes 523

Bibliography 531

Acknowledgments 559

Index 563

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Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
BeeMD More than 1 year ago
Reads like a detective story (actually several) and is informative about details of certain diseases which I thought I understood pretty well. May not be for everyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've been studying environmental science, and this book touched on many of the topics we have been discussing in my class. This book does a good job explaining the science of zoonotic diseases without dumbing it down so far as to be patronizing to readers. Gives great timelines of occurences and the responses and the eventual discovery of the pathogen's source. And it still keeps you wondering what will the next big one be.
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A very interesting read especially considering the recent and deadly outbreak of Ebola on the African continent.
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Thought provoking, thorough, and readable by the non-scientist. If you have an interest in true stories about pandemics, and love piecing ideas together, this book is for you.
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Be the best informed on your block about how previously unknown diseases come after our species. The author follows the diseases and the experts worldwide, mistakenly believing he's on public television. Oh, wait, he works for National Geographic. But I agree with those who say it's thought-provoking, and I'll recommend the book to friends.
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I hate this book because it is too much money
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you like science involving animals and stuff i really reccomend this book for you to read. But if some of you think that science lovers are geeks and you totally think that science is geeky and boring then DO NOT READ THIS BOOK but otherwise you science lovers I recommend this book to you. So happy reading amd I hope you love the book. LOVE IT!!!!!!!!! PLEASE.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book, and scary. We need to pull it out, in so many ways.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kindle sells this ebook for $9.55! I'd like to read it, but I refuse to get ripped off just because I was dumb enough to buy a nook.