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Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

David Quammen
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9. September 2013
A New York Times Notable Book of the Year, a Scientific American Best Book of the Year, and a Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Ebola, SARS, Hendra, AIDS, and countless other deadly viruses all have one thing in common: the bugs that transmit these diseases all originate in wild animals and pass to humans by a process called spillover. In this gripping account, David Quammen takes the reader along on this astonishing quest to learn how, where from, and why these diseases emerge and asks the terrifying question: What might the next big one be?

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  • Taschenbuch: 587 Seiten
  • Verlag: Norton & Company; Auflage: Reprint (9. September 2013)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0393346617
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393346619
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 20,8 x 13,7 x 3 cm
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  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 10.579 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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Starred review. An essential work. "


A gripping and timely book about the transmission of highly dangerous diseases from animal to human populations. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch .

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Great reading! 13. April 2014
Von Bart
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If you have time to read just one book this year - it should be this one! The "Next Big One" is coming!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Fascinating and Frightening 1. Februar 2013
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Although this book is very fat, I had never a dull moment reading it. This is definitely what alay person should expect from science reporting. David Quammen gives lively insight into the research on viral zoonoses, telling lots of interesting stories. Funny, but, given its subject matter, not for the faint of heart.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Gripping stories with good science 30. September 2012
Von Rachael Ludwick - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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The jargon of diseases can be boring, tedious. There are a lot of acronyms and big words. Worse, we often don't know as much as we'd like -- and usually we aren't very certain of what we do know. Telling a good story given those constraints is hard. But Spillover repeatedly provides gripping stories that still impart a good understanding of what we know about zoonotic (animal-origin) diseases. Even better, the author ties disparate stories together to describe some general trend and possible causes for seemingly new infectious diseases. But I don't want to summarize the conclusions: I want you to go read it. You won't be bored and you'll learn a lot (most definitely even if you've read books like The Hot Zone or the Coming Plague).

Some other notes:
* The author has a less human-centric attitude and a lot of sympathy for the animals, like horses or apes, who sometimes are actually the first animal a disease spills over into only to later infect humans.
* He has a wry tone. When noting the euthanasia of a large number of monkeys (even ones likely not infected with a disease), he notes no humans were euthanized despite equal exposure.
* He provides full references. Some of those papers are quite readable by a non-expert such as this review ([...]) of the importance of bats as reservoirs for infectious diseases.
* The stories are often told from the perspective of the scientists trying to figure out what the heck is really going on. The author is also not afraid to explain when scientists just don't know -- and how they might figure it out more.
* The author went on several field collections where he might have been exposed to a disease being investigated.

If I had any criticisms I would have two:

* The author notes the problem of calling African hunted wild meat "bush meat" which has unsavory connotations to many Europeans and Americans despite Europeans and Americans also hunting wild animals for food. And then he still calls it that repeatedly for the rest of the book (hunted animals are a major source for new infections). I realize this makes it easier to read but it was a bit jarring.
* There is a long, imagined story in the chapters on the origin HIV that is, essentially, imagined entirely with details about a possible river fisherman who gets infected with HIV early on and brings it downstream to the (then) Belgian capitol of the Congo. Elsewhere in the book when the explanation for the origin of a disease required some imagination to fill in a plausible sequence of events, the imaginary stories were a lot less elaborate. I don't think the story detracts from the accuracy of the book: something like that had to have happened to explain the origin of HIV (specifically HIV-1). I was also perfectly entertained and learned a bit about the cultures in the region, but it stood out. It might annoy some so I note you can safely skip ahead when you hit it.

I call these two things out, but even so the book is still excellent. I have some interesting papers I want to read. I also feel I know more about how infectious diseases "work". Best of all, I am less fearful of them as well.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic 30. September 2012
Von Thomas Jones - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I have a science background but not in the biological sciences. Over the years I have followed much of the discussions about HIV/AIDS, SARS, and other outbreaks of infectious diseases in the popular press without being able to put it all together. This book provides that overall view and a status report on our efforts to deal with this ongoing threat. In a few spots there may be more technical information than many may want but it is presented in a way that allows one to move past it without losing the thread of the discussion. The book provides a description of the work done by the professionals on the front line and challenges they face. This is an important subject that we all should all be aware of. The book is well worth reading.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen "FRIGHTENING, GRIPPING, INTELLIGENT!" 4. Oktober 2012
Von Geraldine Ahearn - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Award Winning author David Quammen delivers a brilliant, informative presentation of different animals, explaining clearly in simple terms how a disease spills over from animal to human. Through compelling stories weaved together, the author gives a gripping account of new infectious diseases, different animals in relation to specific diseases, and fascinating science reporting of examinations conducted by scientists. In addition, information reported from extensive research is provided on apes, horses, bats and other animals. The author presents engaging stories as he writes with compassion and sympathy about different diseases and the dangers of spillover. Discussions about outbreaks of infectious diseases are provided, along with information on dealing with ongoing threats. It was extremely interesting to learn about the results of examinations, and progress made by the professionals as they face several challenges. It was also scary to ponder on the growing trend of diseases that spill from animal to human, a major concern is noted while contemplating on why these diseases emerge. Of course, the reader becomes curious about a new outbreak, which makes this intelligent presentation thought-provoking throughout. Interesting, Educational, and Highly Recommended to science lovers!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Excellent, Vital, Gripping Book 7. Oktober 2012
Von Mulberry - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I can't recommend this book highly enough. Quammen's writing is vivid yet measured, detailed yet gripping, and he possesses true talent as a narrative non-fiction writer. His ability to explain complex scientific ideas and processes in layman's terms is fantastic, and made this book such a joy to read. Though pandemic disease is often written about in ways that are hysterical and melodramatic, SPILLOVER is not a fear-mongering book.

I also deeply appreciated Quammen's awareness of the animals involved, and his respect and empathy for them. It's subtle but ever-present in his choice of language describing them.

I hope this book is assigned in high schools-- it was so inspiring it made me wish I could do my undergraduate schooling over again and become a scientist.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Unputdownable! 22. Oktober 2012
Von Bandula - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This is an extremely well researched and lucidly written book that I was really not able to put down till I completed the full 500 plus pages! It moves well from horse viruses in Australia through Ebola, SARS, Nipah, Hanta, Lyme to AIDS viruses (there are two!), tracking each from the first known occurrence to the location of the animal "reservoir host" and finishes with what may be "lurking" around the corner for mankind. The author still manages to be non-sensationalist and writes so well to give authenticity to all his interviews down to the regional specific English syntax of the interviewee. (I read the recent article in the Wall Street journal about this book written by the author of "Hotzone", the original and excellent book about Ebola, and found the mild criticism offered there about this book generally unwarranted). Recommended to anyone who is interested in human pathogens that originate in animals and from time to time have been the scourge of humankind.
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