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The Trembling Mountain: A Personal Account of Kuru, Cannibals, and Mad Cow Disease
Kuru, like Mad Cow disease, is caused by a rare, infectious crystal protein that invades and colonizes human cells, destroying the nervous system of its victims. There is no known cure. It flourished in one of the remotest places on earth, Papua New Guinea, among the Fore, a people living in the Stone Age, who until recently practiced ritual cannibalism, consuming the ...more
Paperback, 344 pages
Published November 9th 2001 by Da Capo Press
(first published 1998)
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Very interesting account of how difficult it can be to conduct research, although lighter on science than I wish. I also found it disquieting the way he minimized the crimes of one of the scientists widely cited in prion research, Gajdusek. It's a little hard to be entirely interested in an author's personal tribulations when they excuse a child molester.
I read this book when I was going through my phase of fascination with mad cow disease and its associated prion diseases. I didn't, and still don't understand half of the science that goes on, but am both horrified and intrigued by the different forms and their impact on humans (perhaps similar to the way that people are fascinated by zombies).
Jun 13, 2007 Gudi rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: To anyone who is interested in weird stuff, medically speaking.
Really, I dont know exactly what to say about this book, other then you learn a whole helluva a lot about different cultures and just how long something can live in the ground waiting for a host body.