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Cholera: The Biography

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Cholera is a frightening disease. Victims are wracked by stomach cramps and suffer intense diarrhoea. Death can come within hours.
Though now seeming a distant memory in Europe, which suffered several epidemics in the 19th century before John Snow identified the link with water, cholera is still a serious threat in many parts of the world--Zimbabwe is a recent example. Sn
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Hardcover, 344 pages
Published November 1st 2009 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published October 8th 2009)
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Candy Wood
I suppose the microbe that causes cholera is a living organism and thus warrants a “biography,” but I’m not sure the term can apply when the subject is really millions of micro-organisms, constantly adapting over time. Still, Hamlin’s book is readable for nonspecialists, informative, and thought-provoking, considering changing attitudes toward the disease and ethical questions as well as history of science. The scope is global, often pointing to the interference of national rivalries in the effo ...more
Sohvi
Nov 23, 2015 rated it it was ok
Comprehensive look to the subject. However, personally I would have hoped for more scientific notations, but this is probably meant for quite popular audience. Which is fine, but I really could've used the notations myself. The tone of the book was also quite popular. Which, again, doesn't make it necessarily bad, but I'm not sure if this was my cup of tea. And despite of the rather popular tone, I still found this a bit difficult to follow.

At times it was hard to distinguish whether Hamlin was
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Feb 03, 2014 rated it liked it
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I read this book for a combination of business and pleasure. From an academic standpoint, Hamlin's "biography" of cholera is detailed and meticulously researched and provides a comprehensive background on the biology and sociology of cholera since its appearance in Europe during the first pandemics. From a pleasure perspective, this book is too technical to be widely appreciated and tends to be dithering and to take an uncertainty in tone. I wouldn't generally recommend this book but can attest ...more
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