Tag Archive: epidemic

Oct 07

Book Review: Get Well Soon

Get Well Soon: History’s Worst Plagues and the Heroes Who Fought Them by Jennifer Wright This is the funniest book about diseases I’ve ever read. That may seem like faint praise, but I have read a lot of books about diseases. I love reading about diseases because it makes me feel better about my own …

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Aug 19

Book Review: Rabid: A Cultural History of the World’s Most Diabolical Virus

Rabid: A Cultural History of the World’s Most Diabolical Virus by Bill Wasik I really enjoyed this book. Not only did it hit some of my favorite -ologies (epidemiology, anthropology, folklore) but I found it well written and engaging. It starts out with historical accounts of rabies, known as “lyssa” by the ancient Greeks and …

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Jul 12

Book Review: And the Band Played On

And the Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic by Randy Shilts This book has just about everything I like in a non-fiction. It’s got science, medicine, high stakes, historical significance, and modern relevance. Trying to figure out why it wasn’t more compelling to me, I had to look no further than the …

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