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Rabid by Bill Wasik
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Aug 04, 2012

it was ok
Read from August 04 to 05, 2012

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message 1: by Vanessa (last edited Aug 05, 2012 08:56PM) (new) - rated it 2 stars

Vanessa It should have been called "Rabid: A cultural history of vampires, zombies, werewolves and other tangentially related topics because we didn't have enough material to fill a whole book."

While I understand that the focus was on the cultural aspect of rabies, and not the science (where a book like "The Great Influenza" was all about the science and less about how people dealt with it), it felt really padded with the sections about otherworldly beasts. I agree with other comments that the best parts of the book were when Pasteur hit the scene, and the conclusion. I wish more of the book talked about historical cases like it did early on, as that is what I thought the book was set up as, not how "The Night of the Living Dead" was made ad where vampires came from.

It wasn't the worst, but I was surprised that this was featured in Scientific American as a recommended book.

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