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on 19 May 2014
I enjoyed this, although it wasn't quite what I expected.
The examination of how pandemics occur, and how little stands between us and the next, was fascinating, and I applaud the author's vision of a future in which, by using modern technology and advanced disease surveillance in animals and humans, we are able to predict, and stop, such outbreaks before they take hold.
Surely that is something public health should be striving for!
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VINE VOICEon 18 April 2013
Absolutely chock full of new information. A page turner ... from the start it builds and keeps you going to find out the ultimate truth, the really important information about viruses and humans .... but in the end .... peters out.
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on 20 December 2016
Great product
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on 30 September 2014
Excellent book - once you start reading you find it difficult to put down.
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on 11 March 2013
The book describes why and how pandemics can evolve and spread among animal and human populations.
It is easy to read and one doesn't need a large background to follow the author.
Unfortunately, I found some comments quite contradicting, e.g. the author talks about the threads of viruses intermingling in human bodies to create new, more dangerous variants, but seems to be quite happy about the use of "modified", "harmless" viruses in medicine. So only three stars.
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on 16 May 2014
this is a scary book, with respect of how thin the security lines are regarding being safe from global diseases.
do not read if you are of a nervous disposition.
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on 7 May 2013
5 stars because its gripping- and real!
Liked the adventure
Recommend to all who like a real medical adventure !
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on 2 January 2013
An excellent review of the current knowledge of virology and how the risks of global viral pandemics are being tackled.
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on 8 November 2014
It's a little sad to see people who "know" about this subject bashing the book for not telling them anything new. The author is quite clear about the intended audience, and it certainly isn't them.

Personally, I was looking for a basic introduction to the subject of virology and an equally basic understanding of where we stand today in terms of recognition, treatment and prevention of epidemics. I think the book did an admirable job in this regard. Nor am I particularly bothered about the book's lack of literary flair. When it comes to non-fiction of this type, I want the facts, stated in terms I can understand, and presented by someone with experience in the field. On these accounts, the book also delivers.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 5 March 2015
A highly engaging book written by a skilled and informed author who writes in a clean and lucid way, illustrating his points with a reasoned authority that keeps you thinking and looking into them long after you've put the book down. He touches on a number of deeply fascinating areas in this book without having to stoop to sensationalism or distortion to make his point. I honestly came away from this looking at viruses in a whole new way.
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