- Gebundene Ausgabe: 587 Seiten
- Verlag: Norton & Company (Oktober 2012)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 9780393066807
- ISBN-13: 978-0393066807
- ASIN: 0393066800
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 16,8 x 4,1 x 24,1 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 170.905 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
The Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – Oktober 2012
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That [Quammen] hasn't won a nonfiction National Book Award or Pulitzer Prize is an embarrassment. --Dwight Garner
Starred review. An essential work.
[Spillover is] David Quammen's absorbing, lively and, yes, occasionally gory trek through the animal origins of emerging human diseases.
As page turning as Richard Preston's The Hot Zone... [Quammen is] one of the best science writers.
This is a frightening and fascinating masterpiece of science reporting that reads like a detective story. David Quammen takes us on a quest to understand AIDS, Ebola, and other diseases that share a frightening commonality: they all jumped from wild animals to humans. By explaining this growing trend, Quammen not only provides a warning about the diseases we will face in the future, he also causes us to reflect on our place as humans in the earth's ecosystem. --Walter Isaacson, author of Steve Jobs"
David Quammen might be my favorite living science writer: amiable, erudite, understated, incredibly funny, profoundly humane. The best of his books, The Song of the Dodo, renders the relatively arcane field of island biogeography as gripping as a thriller. That bodes well for his new book, whose subject really is thriller-worthy: how deadly diseases (AIDS, SARS, Ebola) make the leap from animals to humans, and how, where, and when the next pandemic might emerge. --Kathryn Schulz"
Starred review. An essential work. "
[Spillover is] David Quammen s absorbing, lively and, yes, occasionally gory trek through the animal origins of emerging human diseases. "
As page turning as Richard Preston s The Hot Zone [Quammen is] one of the best science writers. "
[Spillover] delivers news from the front lines of public health. It makes clear that animal diseases are inseparable from us because we are inseparable from the natural world. "
Starred review. ...a frightening but critically important book for anyone interested in learning about the prospects of the world s next major pandemic."
That [Quammen] hasn t won a nonfiction National Book Award or Pulitzer Prize is an embarrassment.--Dwight Garner"
David Quammen [is] one of that rare breed of science journalists who blend exploration with a talent for synthesis and storytelling.--Nathan Wolfe
Starred review. A wonderful, eye-opening account of humans versus disease.
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: Audio CD.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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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.
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.