Outbreak!: 50 Tales Of Epidemics That Terrorized The World by Beth SkwareckiOutbreak!: 50 Tales Of Epidemics That Terrorized The World by Beth Skwarecki

Outbreak!: 50 Tales Of Epidemics That Terrorized The World

byBeth Skwarecki

Paperback | October 1, 2016

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From ancient scourges to modern-day pandemics!

Throughout history--even recent history--highly 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
From ancient outbreaks of smallpox and plague to modern epidemics such as SARS and Ebola, the stories capture the mystery and devastation brought on by these diseases. It's a sickeningly fun read that confirms the true definition of going viral.
Beth Skwarecki is a science writer with a degree in biology. She spent several years crunching data for a bioinformatics project at Cornell. Now, she writes about the life sciences, including molecular biology, human health research, and ecology, for a variety of outlets, including PLOS Public Health Perspectives, Lifehacker, Science m...
Title:Outbreak!: 50 Tales Of Epidemics That Terrorized The WorldFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8.44 × 5.5 × 0.5 inPublished:October 1, 2016Publisher:Adams MediaLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Fascinating Tour of History’s Terrible Epidemics In 50 short but succinct chapters – each about 4 to 5 pages long - the author guides the reader through various epidemics that have plagued the human race from about 10,000 BCE to the present. In each case, an affected geographical location/country/city is highlighted and the particular disease’s nature, means of spreading, effects on those infected, effects on society and eventual exit are all clearly described. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Each chapter is self-contained and does not rely on information presented in earlier chapters. Consequently, one can read a chapter or two or more and put the book aside for a while and come back to it later without having to remember anything about what’s been already read. I found this book to be well written in a prose that is clear, lively, accessible, friendly, authoritative and immensely captivating. Although this book can be enjoyed by anyone, I believe that a treat is to be had by those with a penchant for history - particularly for how and when epidemics have occurred and their usually devastating effects.
Date published: 2017-01-04

Editorial Reviews

"Let's be honest: epidemics are terrifying. In Outbreak! Beth Skwarecki surveys some of the most important historically. Skwarecki does not skimp on the details and therein is real life horror." --Cool Hunting