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1sharonk21
Modifié : Déc 15, 2007, 8:58pm

I'm a retired epidemiologist and I read both "popular" and "professional" books on these two subjects. Here are some of my favorites.

FICTION

A Journal of the Plague Year by Daniel Defoe (F)
The Plague Tales by Ann Benson (F)
Burning Road by Ann Benson (F)

NONFICTION

Control of Communicable Diseases Manual (NF)
Biohazard: The Chilling True Story of the Largest Covert Biological Weapons Program in the World--Told from Inside by Ken Alibek (NF)
The disease detectives: Deadly medical mysteries and the people who solved them by Gerald Astor (NF)
And the Waters Turned to Blood. The ultimate biological threat by Rodney Barker (Pfisteria, NF)
The Great Influenza: The Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague In History by John M. Barry (NF)
In the Wake of the Plague: The Black Death and the World It Made by Norman F. Cantor (NF)
Disease and History by Frederick F. Cartwright (NF)
America's Forgotten Pandemic: The Influenza of 1918 Alfred W. Crosby (NF)
Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared Diamond (NF)
A Dictionary of Epidemiology by Howard Fast (Textbook NF)
Pox Americana: The Great Smallpox Epidemic of 1775-82 by Elizabeth Anne Fenn (NF)
Fever!: The hunt for a new killer virus by John Grant Fuller (Lassa Fever, NF)
Betrayal of Trust: The Collapse of Global Public Health by Laurie Garrett (NF)
The Coming Plague by Laurie Garrett (NF)
Anthrax: The Investigation of a Deadly Outbreak by Jeanne Guillemin (NF)
The great mortality : an intimate history of the Black Death, the most devastating plague of all time by John Kelly (NF)
Flu: The Story of the Great Influenza Pandemic of 1918 and the Search for the Virus That Caused It by Gina Kolata
Foundations of Epidemiology by David E. Lilienfeld (Textbook NF)
Plague Wars: The Terrifying Reality of Biological Warfare by Tom Mangold (NF)
Level 4: Virus Hunters of the CDC by Joseph M.D. McCormick (NF)
Germs: Biological Weapons and America's Secret War by Judith Miller
Borrowed Time: An AIDS Memoir by Paul Monette (NF)
Boswell's Clap and Other Essays: Medical Analyses of Literary Men's Afflictions by William B. Ober (NF)
Virus Hunter: Thirty Years of Battling Hot Viruses Around the World by C.J. Peters (NF)
The Invisible Invaders: The Story of the Emerging Age of Viruses by Peter Radetsky
Virus Ground Zero: Stalking the Killer Viruses with the Centers for Disease Control by Ed Regis (NF)
The Virus Within: A Coming Epidemic by Nicholas Regush (Herpes, NF)
Deadly Feasts: Tracking The Secrets Of A Terrifying New Plague by Richard Rhodes (Prion disease, NF)
Dirt and disease : polio before FDR by Naomi Rogers (NF)
Rethinking Aids The Tragic Cost of Premature Consensus by Robert S. Root-Bernstein (NF)
The Cholera Years: The United States in 1832, 1849, and 1866 Charles E. Rosenberg (NF)
Modern Epidemiology by Kenneth J. Rothman (Textbook, NF)
The Medical Detectives (Plume) Berton Roueche (NF)
Eleven Blue Men and Other Narratives of Medical Detection by Berton Roueche (NF)
Virus X: Tracking the New Killer Plagues--Out of the Present & Into the Future by Frank Ryan (NF)
The Forgotten Plague: How the Battle Against Tuberculosis Was Won - And Lost by Frank Ryan
And the Band Played On by Randy Shilts (AIDS, NF)
Yellow fever in Galveston, Republic of Texas, 1839: An account of the great epidemic Ashbel Smith (NF)
Foodborne and Waterborne Diseases: Their Epidemiologic Characteristics by I. Jackson Tartakow (NF)
The Evolution of Infectious Disease by Paul Ewald (NF)

If anyone has read any of these, I'd love to hear what you thought of them. Also, what have I missed?

2AsYouKnow_Bob
Modifié : Jan 10, 2007, 9:56pm

Thanks for that list, I see a couple titles to look out for.

I've read about a dozen of your list, starting in grade school, when my favorite teacher got me started on the Roueches, beginning with Eleven Blue Men. I love them still.

Somewhat related to Boswell's Clap, there's a similar book on neurology called Toscanini's Fumble.

Fiction: one of my favorite books in the world is I am thinking of my darling, about the impact of a relatively benign epidemic that reaches New York City, and how the outbreak affects the functioning of the city. Highly recommended.

3AsYouKnow_Bob
Jan 10, 2007, 10:03pm

Oh - and in The New Yorker of Nov. 6, 2006, there's a review of a new re-telling of John Snow and the Broad Street pumphandle: The Ghost Map, a book which is now on my wishlist.

4AsYouKnow_Bob
Jan 10, 2007, 10:05pm

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5sharonk21
Jan 11, 2007, 12:59am

Thanks, ___Bob

I had not heard of any you mention (now that I'm retired I don't hear of as many) and I still have a gift certificate . . .

6AsYouKnow_Bob
Jan 11, 2007, 1:45am

Check out this review of the McHugh:

http://www.bioethicsforum.org/20060410nberlinger.asp

It seems like it should be right up your alley. I've spent a career working in public health, but I'd love to hear what a real epidemiologist makes of it.

Oh, and if you liked the Bensons, you should certainly check out Connie Willis' Doomsday Book: a contemporary historian time-travels to 14th C England, but accidentally lands in the middle of the Black Death.

7Mustapha_Mond
Jan 18, 2007, 8:45am

Thanks a lot for the list! I have always been interested in the subject and always looking for suggestions.

One book I picked up reccently and would like to know your opinion of is The River : A Journey to the Source of HIV and AIDS. I know this book is controversial and not accepted by very many scientists, but I have to read it for myself. I think many scientists are rejecting this theory to easily without looking at enough evidence. William Hamilton actually went to Africa to investigate the claim, but unfortunately died of malaria shortly after arriving.

So, I would love the opinion of an actual epidemiologist even though I haven't yet read the book.

Thanks

8johnnylogic
Jan 18, 2007, 7:22pm

sharonk21,

Great list. Somewhat peripherally, I would recommend Carl Zimmer's Parasite Rex for an engaging, informal review of parasitism, parasites and the people that love them.

9lucien
Jan 18, 2007, 8:34pm

Even though it's considered a bit dated, I would still recommend McNeill's Plagues and Peoples. It's an outline of the effect of disease on history, broken down into two threads. The first, what he calls "micro"-parasitism, deals with traditional disease and which I thought was well done. The second, "macro"-parasitism, examines human groups / institutions from the viewpoint of a host - parasite relationship.

Of course, I'm a total layman in both history and epidemiology so experts may just enjoy tearing apart his conclusions.

10sharonk21
Modifié : Jan 27, 2007, 11:17pm

Thanks to all of you who have posted new fodder for me. I haven't read any of them yet, but as soon as I can get my hands on them I will. May take some time, but, I'll be b-a-a-a-ck -- to report in.

I'm currently reading Ann Benson's fictional account of the world in our times after a pandemic of staph aureus and of the 14th century after the plague--a series, this one called The Physician's Tale.

I'm going to go searching on Ebay and on Overstock for some of these that you all have mentioned.

11sharonk21
Jan 27, 2007, 6:54pm

I managed to find Parasite Rex and The Ghost Map on Overstock today. It will be a while before they get here.

I also found The River: A Journey to the Source of HIV and AIDS (which I would very much like to read because I was an HIV epidemiologist--unfortunately that one costs ninety-something dollars for a paperback copy and around $129 for a hardback, even on EBay, so I'm going to have to wait and try the library on that one. Or maybe the health department library.

12Mustapha_Mond
Jan 27, 2007, 9:23pm

I agree. The hardcopy I bought was an ex-library that I picked up for around $50. It's too bad that it's out of print.

FYI...
There is a documentary film based on the book. I believe it is called The River as well. This may be easier and cheaper to get a hold of?

Good Luck

13AsYouKnow_Bob
Fév 25, 2007, 12:56pm

Someone has started an "Epidemiology" group - we could migrate over there....

14streamsong
Fév 26, 2007, 10:43am

My day job is as a microbiologist in a research lab. The facility I work at is just completing a large P4 lab --one of the sites chosen to get a P4 as part of Bush's 'War on Terrorism'.

Anyhow the most recent book I've read on the subject was The Demon in the Freezer by Richard Preston about the eradication of smallpox and the ethics of continuing to keep stocks of it available; although the book also wanders over to ebola, too. It's written for the lay person, but scientifically I thot it was pretty accurate.

15cckelly
Mar 2, 2007, 11:22pm

Hello,

Thanks to As you know, Bob for pointing me here. I'm getting chills over that booklist. Thanks Sharonk21, you just gave me my Christmas wishlist.

16fyrefly98
Mar 3, 2007, 6:09pm

I recently read the book Peeps by Scott Westerfeld, which is young-adult fiction in which vampirism is actually caused by a parasite. Kind of silly, but an interesting idea, scientifically pretty darn accurate, and a good break from the non-fiction. :)

17Leel
Mar 25, 2007, 12:04am

I've read a bker's dozen. The only one I will comment on is The Coming Plague. I really couldn't make myself read the whole thing, because I found her to be an abominable writer!

18Joanncos
Sep 17, 2007, 4:52pm

I read The Ghost Map which is the story of John Snow and how he mapped out the cholera epidemic in London. I was a little disappointed in it. It wasn't terrible or anything but just not as exciting as I think his story really was. If anyone else read it I would be interested in hearing what you thought.

19HMOKeefe
Modifié : Oct 17, 2007, 4:20pm

This is a great list. Some additional books that I have enjoyed, but don't see on your list include:

Yellow Fever Black Goddess: The Coevolution of People and Plagues by Christopher Wills
The Kiss of Death: Chaga's Disease in the Americas
Plague Time: How Infections Cause Cancers, Heart Disease, and Other Deadly Ailments by Paul Ewald
The Archaeology of Disease by Charlotte Roberts and Keith Manchester
The Myth of Syphilis:The Natural History of Treponematosis in North America by Mary Lucas Powell and Della Collins Cook
The Columbian Exchange:Biological and Cultural Consequences of 1492 by Alfred W. Crosby
Poisons of the Past: Molds, Epidemics, and History by Mary Kilbourne Matossian
Born to Die: Disease and New World Conquest, 1492-1650 by Noble David Cook
Secret Judgments of God : Old World Disease in Colonial Spanish America by Noble David Cook
A Pest In The Land:New World Epidemics in a Global Perspective by Suzanne Austin Alchon
Digging for Pathogens:Ancient Emerging Diseases - Their Evolutionary, Anthropological and Archaeological Context by Charles L. Greenblatt
Epidemics and History: Disease, Power and Imperialism by Sheldon Watts
Ecological Imperialism: The Biological Expansion of Europe, 900-1900 by Alfred W. Crosby
The Black Death by Phillip Ziegler
The Great Plague in London in 1665 by Walter George Bell

Thanks for sharing your list!

20BarbN
Nov 10, 2007, 3:17am

(1) SharonK -- Excellent list. I have read many of these. Particularly liked Laurie Garrett's books, also the AIDs memoir by Paul Monette and Shilts' book. I also recommend the Dictionary of Epidemiology; this is a good resource for helping to comprehend epidemiological studies.

I noticed your list did not include The Hot Zone--I found this a good quick read.

Have you found any good books discussing Mad Cow disease or prion diseases generally?

22margd
Nov 10, 2007, 7:28am

US and Canadian pandemic flu plans:

http://www.hhs.gov/pandemicflu/plan/#part1
http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/cpip-pclcpi/

(Jesse_wiedinmyer advises that there's an essay in The Best American Science Writing 2006 that deals with the topic.)

23sharonk21
Modifié : Déc 15, 2007, 9:56pm

Sorry I have been gone so long. In March, I got a new pair of glasses that miraculously made it much easier to read, so I have been indulging in an orgy of books rather than logging on.

Thank you all for all of your suggestions.

Johnnylogic, I did get Parasite Rex by Carl Zimmer and it really made an impression on me. Every so often, I would get creeped out enough to where I would have to stop reading. (Don't know why that is since I have long been used to thinking of myself as an ecosystem for various other critters). Nevetheless, he makes a convincing case for parasites actually BEING Rex, in an evolutionary sense.

Leel, sorry I disagree on Laurie Garrett. I was so entranced that I read every footnote!

AsYouKnow_Bob, I got the I Am Thinking of My Darling and liked it--but found the slightly flippant tone somewhat disconcerting. Guess I am used to the subject being treated with too much sober and portentious high drama. or as--TA DA--"Epidemiologist As Hero."

BarbN, I can't believe I left The Hot Zone off the list. Great catch.

Streamsong, I want to read that! (The Demon in the Freezer).

Joancos, Yes, The Ghost Map was a little bit low key considering the subject but still, I thought, well worth reading.

HMOKeefe, a thousand thanks for all those books you listed. I keep a list in Word of books I hope to get and those are going in it untouched.

I have some new ones to recommend also:

The American Plague: The Untold Story of Yellow Fever, the Epidemic that Shaped our History by Molly Caldwell Crosby. This covers mainly the great epidemic that killed 5,000 in Memphis TN plus Walter Reed's studies in Cuba.

BarbN--I just read The Family That Couldn't Sleep about a month ago. It is by D.T. Max and although it is mainly about prion disease inherited on a familial basis it also covers a lot of other things about prion disease.

Also just ordered David M. Oshinsky's Polio: An American Story.

24AsYouKnow_Bob
Modifié : Déc 15, 2007, 9:49pm

Glad you liked I am thinking of my darling. Yes, it's certainly flippant - but it's told from a perspective slightly to one side of the public health response.

It's certainly not as much of a downer as, say, another book about Marburg.

(Come to think of it, the McHugh was made into an even more flippant movie - with Mary Tyler Moore, no less - which I might have seen as a kid, but I don't have any real memories of that. Maybe I'll try to find a copy to watch it again.)

Edited to add: the 1968 MTM/George Peppard movie of the McHugh is called "What's So Bad About Feeling Good?", and doesn't seem to be currently available in any format.

25sharonk21
Déc 15, 2007, 10:10pm

Oh, by the way, Bob, I got the fiction work, The Doomsday Book and really enjoyed it.

Have also read two more in fiction by Ann Benson: The Physician's Tale and Thief of Souls.

Additionally, Ken Follett's World Without End--the second in his series of novels about a cathedral town in England treats the first coming of the plague to Europe.

And back to nonfiction: I meant to order Toscani's Fumble by Klawens and hit the wrong key and instead got his Newton's Madness. Enjoyed it though and still have the other one on my book wish list.

26AsYouKnow_Bob
Déc 15, 2007, 10:17pm

Yes, the Willis is so good that it's harrowing to read.

27daschaich
Déc 16, 2007, 4:38am

Also good is Willis's To Say Nothing of the Dog -- a similar premise, but rather different tone (and completely unrelated to the ostensible topic of this thread).

28cnrenner
Déc 16, 2007, 8:46am

This is a kind of "which book is it" - posting:
a few years ago a pharmaceutical company producing an antiinfluenza-substance distributed a novel where the Spanish flu played a major role.
It was about scientists / military trying to get at the virus that caused the Spanish flu in the early 20th century. To this end they unearthed some corpses that had died of the flu in some polar region - and had been buried (and frozen) in arctic/antarctic ice.
It was a fictional account, but very grippingly written.
Unfortunately when I was through reading I threw the copy away - and would like to reread it now :-)
Any idea what the title of the novel / author is?
Kind regards

Christian

29sharonk21
Modifié : Déc 16, 2007, 7:32pm

PSooOregonobsessionz--I really want to get the plague book you mentioned--I had no idea y. pestis was ever there--further I looked it up on Overstock and it seems to be about the period in which my grandparents lived there--so it may be first on my list to get.

Does anyone understand why when I try to make the books in the original list Touchstones, it freaks out and jumps around but doesn't load them or highlight them???? Driving me crazy--I went to all that trouble checking and putting brackets in and yet get only minor results. Grrrr.

Cnrenner--I can't think of any fiction with that plot but it sounds a lot like Gina Kolata's book on the flu.

Also, I just found a book that I picked up at Goodwill some time ago and forgot I had--so haven't read it yet. Man and Microbes: Disease and Plagues in History and Modern Times by Arno Karlen.

30jlelliott
Mar 14, 2008, 3:49pm

Oh, I really enjoyed The Coming Plague. After reading it I felt like a fool, because I had been avoiding it because I thought the title was too dramatic and that it implied a speculative look at future threats, rather than the history that it really is. It was amazing to see how incompetently humans have handled most past health threats.

31jkh01
Mar 22, 2008, 12:43pm

I can add a couple on the historical side (nonfiction). Neither is easy to come by (disclaimer: I sell old books in my retirement from public health), but both are short and interesting. Both by Major Greenwood. "Epidemiology: Historical and Experimental, The Herter Lectures, 1931," and "Medical Statistics from Graunt to Farr, The Fitzpatrick Lectures for 1941 & 1943."

32Sandydog1
Mai 24, 2008, 1:22pm

Yes the The Hot Zone was a favorite of mine and a good save for this list. Maybe I missed it but I didn't notice And the Band Played on mentioned. It's a bit gross at times (oh that's right, this whole topic is a bit gross!) but I though it was an excellent epidemiological thriller.

33Facetious_Badger
Mai 24, 2008, 2:08pm

I thought Beating Back the Devil by Maryn McKenna gave interesting insight on how the CDC works. Not sure how accurate a portrayl it is, but a good read nonetheless.

34FicusFan
Mai 24, 2008, 7:43pm



I loved The Coming Plague too. It was so informative and very easy for a layperson to understand.

I also saw the documentary called the River, that was mentioned at the start of the thread. It was very compelling about what went on with the vaccine and the camp where they kept the monkeys to use.

I saw it on cable on one of the independent film channels. It too is out of print I think. There were threats of lawsuits that frightened both the book and movie people away I think.

There is also a web site that shows various independent documentaries for free. You just have to sign up. It had the documentary too. Unfortunately I lost the url of the site, when my hard drive crashed a while ago.


35grem458
Modifié : Juin 10, 2009, 6:24pm

Seriously. Leel said she was an "abominable " writer. I found her writing in The Coming Plague brilliant. Thoroughly enjoyed her Betrayal of Trust also. I thought they were both very well written, easy to follow, and had great insights.

Not sure if anyone mentioned Secret Agents: The Menace of Emerging Infections by Madeline Drexler, but that one is a great read. I also very much enjoyed The Great Influenza and Virus X. I recently enjoyed (and was very frightened by) Lab 257: The Disturbing Story of the Government's Secret Plum Island Germ Laboratory.

36epivet
Modifié : Juil 20, 2008, 9:02pm

Christian,
That would be Contagion but it's not too friendly to epidemiologists . . . the hero was a pathologist, and the only epi person he dealt with was an obstacle. I wasn't really impressed.

I would add to the list of books Innumeracy and The Tipping Point for their usefulness in explaining some issues to laymen.

37BartGr.
Juil 21, 2008, 2:48am

Did someone already mention Rats, Lice and History? It's a somewhat older book published in 1934 dealing with the origins of typhus and syphilis and their impact on history. It's still very interesting and very well written too.

38bernsad
Août 26, 2008, 8:21am

I not only enjoyed The Coming Plague from a laymans perspective but I had the oportunity of hearing Laurie Garrett speak about public health in the former Soviet Union; she was informative and interesting as a speaker and quite approachable when I asked her a question after the lecture.

39jlelliott
Août 28, 2008, 12:45pm

I heard her speak here at the University of Wisconsin - Madison, shortly after reading the book. It was a really interesting talk about bird flu, and the possibility that the lowered immune systems of African AIDS patients would allow the virus time enough to adapt human to human transmission. Certainly a scary thought, and a reminder that the conditions of humans anywhere on the planet can eventually impact our own health.

40chilover
Sep 28, 2008, 11:14am

I have read The Ghost Map and found it absolutely fascinating.

41FicusFan
Sep 28, 2008, 11:35am


I found on-line a used copy of The River: A Journey Back to the source of HIV and Aids in the UK for a reasonable price. It took about a month for me to get it, because Alibris shipped it from London to Nevada and then to me in NH ?? I have not started it yet. Its about 1100 pages, so it will be a long time commitment.

I also found a web site about the issue that the author hosts.

http://www.aidsorigins.com/

It has the documentary that you can watch on-line.

42Singlegayenviro
Oct 1, 2008, 6:01pm

Although it's somewhat dated, William McNeill's "Plagues and Peoples" is a pretty good core stool for your (I'm impressed!) solid list. Jared Diamond stole some of the spotlight on these subjects with "Guns, Germs & Steel" but it's still worth a read.
Also, more recent is a section in Charles Mann's survey "1491: New Revelations of the Americas before Columbus" on the epidemiologies of the major epidemics that surged across the Americas in the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries. (Including thoughts on the evolution of syphilis.) One intriguing recent finding with the increasing insights into DNA: there may have been a critical genetic gap in New World immigrant populations (an artifact of small-population founder effect) that left them especially vulnerable to epizootic-origin diseases like smallpox.

43Jesse_wiedinmyer
Oct 1, 2008, 6:08pm

Maybe I missed it but I didn't notice And the Band Played on mentioned.

Read. This. Book.

44sbankston
Modifié : Oct 5, 2008, 8:13pm

thanks for the list. i am a medical student.
i loved And the played on.

also a book. IN MY OWN COUNTRY by abraham verghese

anything by adam d(g)ershowitz. malaria capers especially.

www.webarchive.org - the wayback machine. theres an article on there about the plague in the 15th or 16th century.

45sbankston
Oct 5, 2008, 8:08pm

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46LpmH
Oct 13, 2008, 8:28pm

This is a reply to cnrenner in message 28.

There are abstracts on pubmed.gov retrieved by searching "sequencing Spanish influenza".
If I understand correctly, the DNA has been recovered from Alaskan permafrost preserved bodies, sequenced, and studied.
Science and history have overrun the fiction you are asking about.
As an informed layman I may have important details incorrect.




47sbankston
Déc 2, 2008, 3:54pm

i am a med student. i would like to find this epi group...where is it?

48sbankston
Déc 2, 2008, 4:41pm

anybody know if the smallpox vaccine is for life?

49Helcura
Déc 2, 2008, 4:51pm

It's not. I've heard various periods for full protection - 10 years, 20 years, but everyone seems to agree that the older it is the less likely it's efficacy.

If you're going to be working with smallpox virus, I'd get re-vaccinated.

If you're writing a story with a character who has been vaccinated and gets exposed to smallpox, you could go either way. Results seem to vary by individual, so your character could be either protected or not, depending on the demands of your plot.

50sbankston
Déc 2, 2008, 5:22pm

no. i am reading the demon in the freezer...

51Helcura
Déc 2, 2008, 5:35pm

Ah . . . that book tempted me to go out and get re-vaccinated . . .

52sbankston
Déc 3, 2008, 7:21pm

me too. do you know how long the smallpox vaccine lasts? i am sure i have had it, but when i was very young. there should be a mass revaccination of everyone i think. what an achievement to even have that vaccine.

53sbankston
Déc 3, 2008, 7:22pm

me too. do you know how long the smallpox vaccine lasts? i am sure i have had it, but when i was very young. there should be a mass revaccination of everyone i think. what an achievement to even have that vaccine.

54Helcura
Déc 3, 2008, 7:58pm

I've heard various estimates from 10 years to 20 years to more than that. It might vary from person to person. Of course, there isn't enough vaccine available to vaccinate or re-vaccinate everyone, so only people working in labs and people with influence can get it. As I'm not one of those people. I'm settling for hoping I'll be one of those who retains immunity or that smallpox will never get out into the wild again.

55Helcura
Déc 3, 2008, 7:59pm

I've heard various estimates from 10 years to 20 years to more than that. It might vary from person to person. Of course, there isn't enough vaccine available to vaccinate or re-vaccinate everyone, so only people working in labs and people with influence can get it. As I'm not one of those people, I'm settling for hoping I'll be one of those who retains immunity or that smallpox will never get out into the wild again.

edited for punctuation

56sbankston
Déc 3, 2008, 9:27pm

if i am a medical student does that mean " i am one of influence?" lol

57epivet
Déc 9, 2008, 11:59am

Vaccination is not without side-effects, so it's best not to vaccinate unless necessary. Unless there is a credible and imminent threat, smallpox vaccination isn't a good idea.

58sharonk21
Fév 8, 2009, 2:39am

I agree with epivet. Smallpox vaccinations have probably more potential side effects than most other kinds of immunizations. You have to balance your likelihood of ever running into smallpox with what might happen to you if you get the vaccine. Since your likelihood of being exposed to smallpox is infinitesimally small unless at least one case is reported in your area, it is not worth it. Ring vaccination only plus vaccination for people on bioterror teams, public health types etc.

59Renee24
Juil 19, 2009, 11:33pm

Wow I'm two years late on this message but how about any of Robert Desowitz books?

60atiara
Déc 3, 2009, 9:41pm

I'm even later, but can we continue this on the epidemiology group? It could use the action.

61blburton
Déc 11, 2009, 12:03pm

One book I would recommend that EVERYONE AVOID is "Emerging Viruses: Aids and Ebola", by Leonard Horowitz... unless you are into very non-scientific conspiracy theories.

Of note however, is the impact which this book has had... many Middle Eastern countries, and even Indonesia have grasped on to Horowitzs' ravings and use them to resist important vaccine programs.

One fantastic book that I do recommend that I haven't seen mentioned yet is, "Justinian's Flea: Plague, Empire, and the Birth of Europe" by William Rosen.

A wonderful combo of epidemiology and ancient history.

62atiara
Déc 14, 2009, 10:01pm

justinian's flea sounds great. One more for my list to check out of the University library and read after exams.

63PokPok
Jan 23, 2011, 10:28pm

I am new to this board, but I thought I'd say that Randy Shilts' And the Band Played On is on my list of top 5 books ever read.

PokPok

64PokPok
Jan 23, 2011, 10:28pm

I am new to this board, but I thought I'd say that Randy Shilts' And the Band Played On is on my list of top 5 books ever read.

PokPok

65Sandydog1
Fév 12, 2011, 9:07pm

I'm with you on that, PokPok. That was one of the best Public Health/Epidemiological detective stories of all time.