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Return of the Black Death: The World's Greatest Serial Killer Kindle Edition
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What most struck me is the amount of panic a small epidemic, like SARS, can generate in our modern world and how a major epidemic like HIV/AIDS, which kills millions per year, gets, relatively speaking, so little attention.
A recommended read and a real eye-opener.
The book is well written and interesting and does not baffle you too much with science.
Haemorrhagic plague (I am reliably informed by the book!) is a very nasty little disease to catch. Like Ebola, the sufferer literally bleeds to death and his/her insides rot away, turning to liquid. The symptons of haemorrahgic plague are very similar to that of bubonic plague with the black `spots' or bubis being the blood showing under the skin. The final horrible, visible stages of the disease through to death are very painful and the sufferer experiences flu like symptons, vomiting blood, and diarrhea and finally falls into a coma. According to the book some sufferers were in so much pain that it drove them mad and they would throw themselves into the street screaming or even out of windows in a bid to escape the pain. These final symptons take place over a few days (from 5 to 12) and at present there is no known cure.
The authors set out to prove that the black death was caused by hemorrhagic plague, by showing the following differences: that the incubation and infectious period was a lot longer in heamorrhagic plague (approx 32 days) whereas the incubation period was a lot shorter in bubonic plague only 2 to 6 days.Read more ›
Like most people, I had thought that there was no mystery about the Black Death: it was the result of bubonic plague spread by rats and fleas. How wrong I was. Return of the Black Death very effectively explodes this myth and reveals the truth of the most appalling killer disease known to mankind. Not only was it an entirely different disease but, worryingly, it might still be around somewhere, waiting for the right time to strike again. The part of the book where the authors postulate how the Black Death might spread through the world today had my hair standing on end.
In summary, this is a gripping read which turns history on its head and suggests major thought-provoking consequences for us today.
This book proves that, whilst bubonic plague is caused this way, bubonic plague could not have been the agent responsible for the Black Death and many subsequent outbreaks of severe mortality, as it does not follow the correct epidemiology expected for such a vector. Bubonic plague expands at a few miles a year, whereas the Black Death covered an entire continent in two years.
A good book, possibly a bit lacking in scientific detail at times, and certainly plays too much on the modern need to feel that 'it might all happen again tomorrow'. It might, but that shouldn't really take up so much space here.
Certainly worth buying; it inspired me to look into it deeper.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A fascinating and thought-provoking read. As a history graduate I’m interested in plague from that point of view and a biologist (or microbiologist) would no doubt be able and... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Donald
An amazing book that everyone should read. Delivered before due date and gratefully received by the recipient.Published 20 months ago by J McDougall
This book is a chronicle of Black Death and similar outbreaks throughout history. Very sobering to read, especially during an outbreak of birdflu.. Full of historical statistics.Published on 25 May 2014 by Berkshire Scribe
This is an outstanding book which proposes a new theory of the cause of the black death. There are aspects which need discussing with the authors, but I belive that one has died. Read morePublished on 21 May 2013 by Michael Hitchin
A well written, accessable and brilliantly researched new exposition of the true cause of the Black Death. Fascinating. Well woryh a read and good value for money. Read morePublished on 14 Dec. 2012 by David
Officially the Black Death appeared quite suddenly in Sicily in Italy in 1347, and went to kill almost 1/3 of Europe in about 3 years (in London it killed about 6000 people per... Read morePublished on 25 May 2012 by Koriel Tannhauser
I down-loaded this Kindle edition today and during the next five minutes or so, read what I thought was the introduction. Suddenly, I found that I had reached the end of the book. Read morePublished on 1 July 2011 by Beric
This is quite a biased examination of the causes of the Black Death. It raises some interesting points, however it is at odds with more recent scientific results (Haensch et al. Read morePublished on 21 Jan. 2011 by Just the Facts
I found this a wee bit disappointing.
Some great accounts of the plague from public records, yes. Read more
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