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David Quammen follows the tracks of different zoonosis, some well known, some quite unknown, and documents the causality chain starting from latent or endemic illnesses in the animal world and ending with sporadic deaths or epidemics in our societies An important subject, too long ignored, that at some time in the future will be associated with hundred of millions of human deaths The only question is which pathogen, and when The Spanish Flu, AIDS, rabies, but also the plague and smallpox in the Middle Ages allow to guess on the impact such events will have on our societies Well structured, entertaining, fun to read and to re read Gripping, fascinating science written in a flowing, easily digested style To say I enjoyed this book would be an understatement I was utterly enthralled by this book You ll find the familiar subjects here Ebola, HIV, etc But you ll also find viruses you ve likely never heard of, learn how biological reservoirs work as much as they are understood at least , and the vital role of amplifiers in the lives of certain viruses The various viruses are almost characters in and of themselves as the author delves into how, and why, they do what they do Even the largely speculative chapter on how HIV might have gotten out of rural Africa and into the cities is fascinating.If you loved The Hot Zone, this is that book s bigger, brainier sibling If you are at all interested in biology and physical science, you MUST read this book. Ce livre est d un int r t exceptionnel Son auteur, journaliste scientifique, s est engag fond sur cette enqu te pas seulement dans les laboratoires de recherches sur le terrain, au fond de l Afrique ou en Thailande C est un rapport objectif des grandes pid mies pizooties qui frappent l humanit Ebola, dengue, SIDA, paludisme, grippe et bien d autres et qui risquent de frapper nouveau d autant plus s v rement que l attaque sera nouvelle dans ses modalit s.Le style est vif, la lecture facile, le seul regret est qu il est en anglais A traduire d urgence. I have a weird interest in reading about diseases, and this book is one of the very best in the genre Quammen writes for National Geographic, and he goes everywhere If there was a disease outbreak in the Central African Republic in 1987, chances are, he has interviewed the doctor who first spotted the disease, the locals whose family members died, and the BSL 4 researchers in Virginia who analyzed it, and he probably also climbed down into a cave where the bat that spreads the disease roosts This book is better than The Hot Zone It dispels some of the over blown language used in that book people do not dissolve inside from Ebola and it is arguably just better writing.Quammen keeps the balance between travel and adventure writing on the one hand, personal interviews of the His desk is piled high with papers, and he s wearing blue corduroy slacks and a black turtleneck and wire rim glasses type , and real science writing You learn a lot about diseases from the microscopic level to the human story of what it s like to have the disease, to the incredible courage and dedication of the people who fight the diseases, whether in the clinic or in the lab.Realistically, most of us are at essentially zero risk of dying of Ebola, but Quammen balances that with insight into things that might really harm us SARS, AIDS, and the good old flu, which could still come roaring back as a killer.I was sorry when it ended. Author David Quammen has written an important, informative, and entertaining really book He has taken on a potentially dry and depressing subject and made it both understandable and interesting He s a very good science writer and I ll be looking forward to reading titles from him.Quammen takes the reader on a journey through the world of epidemiologists, pathologists, veterinarians, and other scientists who put their health and lives on the line in the name of world health and science He takes us into the story of some of the most deadly recent diseases in the world, all of which have jumped from animals to humans This is a fascinating and critical story.Its a long book My one mild criticism would be I think it could have been edited down somewhat without damaging its content or quality.I highly recommend this book to anyone even remotely interested in the subject. Quammen makes the stories of viral discovery tangible and understandable He manages to convey a great deal of complexity about the nature, transmission and evolution of viruses in simple and enjoyable terms This book weaves through many narratives of mystery and intrigue none of which have a fully complete picture yet In a way, Quammen urges us all to keep discovering or to keep reading about those discoveries, the same way we might keep up with our favorite characters on a television show.Spillover also makes two things very clear First, viruses can be lethal and frightening Second, humans are causing this sudden tidal wave of spillover or zoonosis of viral infections from animal reservoirs to the human population The book seeks not only to enlighten us to thrilling tales of discovery but also urges us to examine our role in these emerging viruses As a part of the root cause of increased spillover, what can we, as humans, do to prevent it |READ EPUB ⚇ Spillover – Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic ⚔ Spillover First, A Horse In Brisbane Falls Ill Fever, Swelling, Bloody Froth Then Thirteen Others Drop Dead The Foreman At The Stables Becomes Ill And The Trainer Dies This Title Tracks These Infections To Their Source And Asks What We Can Do To Prevent Some New Pandemic Spreading Across The Face Of The Earth Full Description This book is awesome There I ve said that It is also accessible to any reader with an interest in medicine, the history of medical discovery and discoverers, and people who like to experience the world at large in all the places and manners that might be available to them, by travel, or the written word I only wish I hadn t read it so I could read it again immediately It was that good The author has an impressive talent for weaving the stories of science, the tools of the researcher s trade, and in spite of a wealth of technical science, you should still get it He has also cleverly imaginaged a purely fictional but amazing story within the actual science that demonstrates ehow the most horrifying spillovers of today s killer diseases walked out of remote Africa and Asia, and into the so called modern world I came at this book with a very old education in genetics, recent practice of genetic genealogy and understood most of the genetic science And having just re read the 1926 classic Microbe Hunters, which is a great lead in to the history and method of those who first recognized the microscopic world of the little things that always get you in the end You might try that sequence for extra fun and an introduction to some of the very early scientists who first laid down the germ theory of disease You will meet them again in Mr Quammen s book I highly recommend Spillover There were many OMG, Holy and OH WOW moments for me Don t be scared away by the subject or worry it might be too scientifically difficult The author insures his reader will understand and have fun doing just thatunderstanding As far as I m concerned, I could have read on with joy for another 591 pages I was sorry when I finished it and it will be read again.