Rabid. A Cultural History of the World's Most Diabolical Virus

Wasik Bill, Murphy Monica

$20.50
In Stock


In Stock: 1


Cover Type: Hardcover
Book Condition: As New
Jacket Condition: As New
Publisher: Viking/Penquin
Publisher Place: London
Publisher Year: 2012
Edition: First Edition

Description: 275 pages. Book and Jacket appear to have hardly been read and are both in As new condition throughout.

Publishers Description: A maddened creature, frothing at the mouth, lunges at an innocent victimand, with a bite, transforms its prey into another raving monster. Its a scenario that underlies our darkest tales of supernatural horror, but its power derives from a very real virus, a deadly scourge known to mankind from our earliest days. In this fascinating exploration, journalist Bill Wasik and veterinarian Monica Murphy chart four thousand years in the history, science, and cultural mythology of rabies. The most fatal virus known to science, rabies kills nearly 100 percent of its victims once the infection takes root in the brain. A disease that spreads avidly from animals to humans, rabies has served throughout history as a symbol of savage madness, of inhuman possession. And today, its history can help shed light on the wave of emerging diseases, from AIDS to SARS to avian flu, that we now know to originate in animal populations. From Greek myths to zombie flicks, from the laboratory heroics of Louis Pasteur to the contemporary search for a lifesaving treatment, Rabid is a fresh, fascinating, and often wildly entertaining look at one of mankinds oldest and most fearsome foes.

ISBN: 9780670023738

(169001)


Add more book(s) to your order and receive Discounted and Free postage!



More From This Category