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Patient zero : a curious history of the world's worst diseases / Lydia Kang, MD, Nate Pedersen.

Kang, Lydia, (author.). Pedersen, Nate, (author.).

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  • 1 of 2 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 0 of 1 copy available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

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4 current holds with 2 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Crookston Public Library 614.49 KAN (Text) 33500013513163 New In transit -
Roseau Public Library 614.49 KAN (Text) 35500006536542 New Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781523513291
  • ISBN: 1523513292
  • Physical Description: x, 390 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 22 cm.
  • Publisher: New York : Workman Publishing, [2021]

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 358-376) and index.
Summary, etc.:
"From the masters of storytelling-meets-science and co-authors of Quackery, Patient Zero tells the long and fascinating history of disease outbreaks-how they start, how they spread, the science that lets us understand them, and how we race to destroy them before they destroy us. Written in the authors' lively and accessible style, chapters include page-turning medical stories about a particular disease or virus-smallpox, Bubonic plague, polio, HIV-that combine "Patient Zero" narratives, or the human stories behind outbreaks, with historical examinations of missteps, milestones, scientific theories, and more. Learn the tragic stories of Patient Zeros throughout history, such as Mabalo Lokela, who contracted Ebola while on vacation in 1976, and the Lewis Baby on London's Broad Street, the first to catch cholera in an 1854 outbreak that led to a major medical breakthrough. Interspersed are origin stories of a different sort-how a rye fungus in 1951 turned a small village in France into a phantasmagoric scene reminiscent of Burning Man. Plus the uneasy history of human autopsy, how the HIV virus has been with us for at least a century, and more"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject: Epidemics > History.
Emerging infectious diseases > History.
MEDICAL / Public Health.
Emerging infectious diseases.
Genre: History.

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