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4.0 von 5 Sternen Everything you ever wanted to know about rabies
Many a virus has left its fatal mark on us throughout history, but none is as deeply steeped in legend as the most fatal of them all, the rabies virus. In Rabid Bill Wasik and Monica Murphy present an all-encompassing survey on the topic - from the early days to mythology, from literature to the latest in medicine.
At first glance you might get the impression that...
Veröffentlicht am 29. Juli 2012 von BLehner

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2.0 von 5 Sternen Partly interesting, but generally bloated
"Rabid" is certainly an interesting attempt to summarize mankind's sometimes all too intimate relationship with the (medically) fascinating rabies virus.

It does cover all the important points and the parts of this book actually directly related to rabies (e.g. Pasteur's development of a vaccine, the Bali outbreak, the experimental "Milwaukee" treatment) are...
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Everything you ever wanted to know about rabies, 29. Juli 2012
Many a virus has left its fatal mark on us throughout history, but none is as deeply steeped in legend as the most fatal of them all, the rabies virus. In Rabid Bill Wasik and Monica Murphy present an all-encompassing survey on the topic - from the early days to mythology, from literature to the latest in medicine.
At first glance you might get the impression that the focus in the book is heavily on the medical aspect, yet the authors offer a multifaceted depiction, delving into various areas on which rabies has left an impact throughout history. Filled with lots of facts it is mostly the intriguing background knowledge which made this book such an enjoyable read for me. Needless to say, my favorite part was the one dealing with how the disease found its way into literature, where aspects, or rather symptoms and beliefs about it, helped form creatures such as vampires, werewolves and even zombies.
Admittedly this has been the only book I ever read on this subject, so I'm not sure whether those who are familiar with it would find it lacking in some regard. However, to me, it proved to be just the right amount of information about the virus which is, after so many centuries, still at large. ... as are the creatures it has inspired in many a horror movie.
In short: Everything you ever wanted to know about rabies packed into an entertaining and absorbing read!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the NetGalley book review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Partly interesting, but generally bloated, 13. Januar 2013
"Rabid" is certainly an interesting attempt to summarize mankind's sometimes all too intimate relationship with the (medically) fascinating rabies virus.

It does cover all the important points and the parts of this book actually directly related to rabies (e.g. Pasteur's development of a vaccine, the Bali outbreak, the experimental "Milwaukee" treatment) are without question a good read. Unfortunately those story lines wouldn't have been enough for a (generally understandable) book of this length and the information contained in those parts does not exceed what you could find out yourself with a few Google searches.

So, regrettably, the book was filled with a plethora of circumstantial information, most importantly a quite detailed history of how dogs became mankind's most abiding partners or an extensive coverage of other zoonoses.

In the end, it's not really a horrible book, but I don't really see the target audience for this unshaped heap of unrelated information. If you are truly interested in rabies, save your money and conduct a web research.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Hatte mehr erwartet, 15. August 2013
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Um ehrlich zu sein hat mich das Buch enttäuscht. Richtig interessant sind erst die letzten Kapitel. Vieles, was die Autoren zum Thema "Kulturgeschichte der Tollwut" schreiben fand ich an den Haaren herbeigezogen oder sehr frei interpretiert.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Ja, okay..., 2. Februar 2013
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Habe nach einem Vorfall in Thailand und der Impfkampagne danach begonnen, mich in der Thema Tollwut einzulesen und bin auf eine reißerische Spiegel-Rezension über dieses Buch gestolpert. Also, die Rezension wird dem Buch nicht gerecht, es ist eher ein Rückblick auf die Kulturgeschichte der Tollwut, und das muss einen halt interessieren. Null Sterne für das Gebrabbel im Spiegel, drei fürs Buch, das doch irgendwie zur Allgemeinbildung beiträgt. Und irgendwie in der zweiten Hälfte auch spannend ist.
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