Best Books on Flu and Other Devastating Outbreaks

The list includes nonfiction (and fiction) accounts of some horrendous outbreaks costing thousands of human lives.
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139 books · 112 voters · list created May 1st, 2009 by Simon Cleveland, PhD (votes) .
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message 1: by Sunny (new)

Sunny Evans A really fun author that shouldn't be overlooked is Robert Desowitz, a professor/researcher in Infectious Disease in Hawaii(or was at least)- he writes about parasites as well and I find myself bringing up anecdotes from his books at inappropriate times but I can't seem to help myself. One of his books was required reading for an Insects and Public Health course I took, and I was excited to read everything of his I could find.


message 2: by Sara (new)

Sara I find Richard Preston SO overrated! How horrifying to find him dominating this list...


message 3: by Jack (new)

Jack Would wish to see Earth Abides added to this list.


message 4: by Kelly (new)

Kelly I would add Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis. Written in 1925, Martin Arrowsmith is a virologist who finds a possible vaccine for the Bubonic plague. However, he is beset by the government, drug companies, and civilians and is hampered on every side (except by his first wife) by others who do not see the value in pure science.


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