The Chickens Fight Bac...
David Waltner-Toews
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The Chickens Fight Back: Pandemic Panics and Deadly Diseases That Jump from Animals to Humans

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Emerging diseases like mad cow, SARS, and avian flu are -- for the moment, at least -- far more prevalent in animals than in humans. Still, the knowledge that measles, TB, and smallpox were at one time "emerging" diseases that eventually made a permanent, and quite deadly, jump to humans gives epidemiologists pause. This book examines the various groups of animal diseases,...more
Published March 1st 2009 by Greystone Books (first published March 23rd 2007)
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This book discusses zoonoses, which are parasites and diseases that can jump from animals to humans. I was surprised that a book about such a serious topic could actually be funny, but Waltner-Toews has a great sense of humour and it really comes through in this book. I also liked his egalitarian approach, and the way in which he discussed his experiences in the global village. This book focuses on both the developing world and the developed world, and examines why diseases between animals and h...more
This book talks about a multitude of diseases that can be transmitted between animals and people. It emphasizes the importance of global medicine that encompasses all species. I thought it was a really good book, but then I like these kinds of books.
Apr 08, 2010 Rebecca rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Garrett, it's boring like that
Very Interesting and super sickening. I think that I will stay away from animals for a while or maybe alittle bit longer than that. The book is informative, but can waver on the boring side.
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