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Secret Agents: The Menace of Emerging Infections

3.86 of 5 stars 3.86  ·  rating details  ·  114 ratings  ·  9 reviews
As timely as it is urgent, this well-researched book from veteran science journalist Madeline Drexler delivers a compelling report on today's most ominous infectious disease threats. She focuses on a different danger in each chapter-from the looming risk of lethal influenza to in-depth information on the public health perils posed by bioterrorism. With a novelist's descrip ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published February 25th 2003 by Penguin Books (first published January 22nd 2002)
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Extremely interesting but if you don't go into this one with some knowledge of medicine or virology you'll either skip the 'big words' and lose the meaning or you'll be bored to tears pretty quickly.

I wouldn't recommend this one to anyone who doesn't already have a background knowledge of the subject matter.

I find it fascinating - a fast and interesting far.

Pages 137-139 should be required reading for every parent who has ever had a child troubled with a recurrent ear infection.

Oh, and
I'm teaching a microbiology class in January, and decided I wanted to read up on this field. It's been a while since I read Laurie Garrett's The Coming Plague. I have the textbook for this class which I'm reading now, but I enjoy input like Drexler's because they usually have interesting facts to share with my students at the same time. Drexler wrote this book in 2002, shortly after the anthrax terroristic occurence that happened here in the U.S. Because this was written before they figured out ...more
I only reccomend this to non OCD people who can resist the urge to scrub their hands till their skin comes off. This is an easy read with lucid language that will scare the crap out of you!
More epidemiology than microbiology; very interesting subject but not fond of the writing. The narrative wavered from textbook-like, general explanations to case studies to histories to policy. The author makes many open-ending statements without further elaboration, uses cliches in lieu of explanation, and favors pursuing sensationalism in her narrative to illustrating scientific concepts. Reads like an expanded news article with much scientific jargon, the meaning of which is often not expande ...more
Adrienne Adams-loberger
It contains interesting information but written more scholarly and less flowing and stimulating .
David Wasser
Fascinating book about the scourge of various types of common maladies, including West Nile Virus, and what the latest research tell us about them. Author is a former science writer for The Boston Globe.
Fascinating. But I must admit to having just completed my microbiology coursework, with epidemiology on the brain...

Warning: You will never want to eat at a buffet again, if you read this.

Fabulous and scary accounts of emerging infectious diseases.

This is one of my favorite topics, so if you have any recently published works to recommend, please shout!
Jagati Bagchi
one thing is clear, you cannot hide or escape forever ......
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