Amy L. Campbell's Reviews > Rabid: A Cultural History of the World's Most Diabolical Virus

Rabid by Bill Wasik
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Apr 13, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: netgalley, 2012, advanced-copy, ebook, non-fiction
Read from April 10 to 12, 2012

Very well written and easy to read. Focuses not only on the scientific discovery of the disease and the cure, but also the history of myths and misconceptions surrounding it including the influence of rabies on zombies, vampires, and werewolves. The book did focus heavily on dogs, and to a lesser degree bats, but since these are the populations mainly affected by rabies it only makes sense. More information on how rabies spreads in other countries would have been interesting, but as there was a chapter on how it was reintroduced to Bali I won't complain too much. Both researchers in their initial stages of inquiry and casual non fiction readers will appreciate and enjoy this volume.
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