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Pandemic : tracking contagions, from cholera to Ebola and beyond

by Shah, Sonia (Author)

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Scientists agree that a pathogen is likely to cause a global pandemic in the near future. But which one? And how? Over the past fifty years, more than three hundred infectious diseases have either newly emerged or reemerged. Ninety percent of epidemiologists expect that one of them will cause a dead... Full description


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Table of Contents:
  • Cholera's child : the microbes' comeback
  • The jump : crossing the species barrier at wet markets, pig farms, and South Asian wetlands
  • Locomotion : the global dissemination of pathogens through canals, steamships, and jet airplanes
  • Filth : the rising tide of feculence, from nineteenth-century New York City to the slums of Port-au-Prince and the factory farms of south China
  • Crowds : the amplification of epidemics in the global metropolis
  • Corruption : private interests versus public health, or, How Aaron Burr and the Manhattan Company poisoned New York City with cholera
  • Blame : cholera riots, AIDS denialism, and vaccine resistance
  • The cure : the suppression of John Snow and the limits of biomedicine
  • The revenge of the sea : the cholera paradigm
  • The logic of pandemics : the lost history of ancient pandemics
  • Tracking the next contagion : reimagining our place in a microbial world.