A book about the most dramatic and deadly diseases to ever threaten mankind, presented in an accessible format with basic stats, and interesting personal and historical accounts.
From ancient scourges to modern-day pandemics!
Throughout history even recent history highly contagious, deadly, and truly horrible epidemics have swept through cities, countrysides, and even entire countries. Outbreak! catalogs fifty of those incidents in gruesome detail, including:
- The Sweating Sickness that killed 15,000, including Henry VIII's older brother
- Syphilis, the "French Disease," which spread throughout Europe in the late fifteenth century
- The romantic disease: tuberculosis, featured in La Boheme, La Traviata, and Les Miserables
- The worldwide outbreak of influenza in 1918, which killed 3 percent of the population
- The mysterious appearance of HIV in the 1980s
- The devastating spread of Ebola in West Africa in 2014
From ancient outbreaks of smallpox and plague to modern epidemics such as SARS and Ebola, the stories capture the mystery and devastation brought on by these diseases. It's a sickeningly fun read that confirms the true definition of going viral.
About the Author
Beth Skwarecki is a science writer with a degree in biology. She spent several years crunching data for a bioinformatics project at Cornell. Now, she writes about the life sciences, including molecular biology, human health research, and ecology, for a variety of outlets, including PLOS Public Health Perspectives, Lifehacker, Science magazine, Scientific American, and more.
"Let's be honest: epidemics are terrifying. In Outbreak! Beth Skwarecki surveys some of the most important historically. Skwarecki does not skimp on the details and therein is real life horror." --Cool Hunting