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Viruses, Plagues, and History

Past, Present, and Future
ナレーター: L.J. Ganser
再生時間: 13 時間 38 分
カテゴリー: 洋書, Science & Technology
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The story of viruses and humanity is a story of fear and ignorance, of grief and heartbreak, and of great bravery and sacrifice. Michael Oldstone tells all these stories as he illuminates the history of the devastating diseases that have tormented humanity, focusing mostly on the most famous viruses.   

Oldstone begins with smallpox, polio, and measles. Nearly 300 million people were killed by smallpox in this century alone and the author presents a vivid account of the long campaign to eradicate this lethal killer. Oldstone then describes the fascinating viruses that have captured headlines in more recent years: Ebola, Hantavirus, mad cow disease (a frightening illness made worse by government mishandling and secrecy), and, of course, AIDS. And he tells us of the many scientists watching and waiting even now for the next great plague, monitoring influenza strains to see whether the deadly variant from 1918 - a viral strain that killed over 20 million people in 1918-1919 - will make a comeback. For this revised edition, Oldstone includes discussions of new viruses like SARS, bird flu, virally caused cancers, chronic wasting disease, and West Nile.

Viruses, Plagues, and History paints a sweeping portrait of humanity's long-standing conflict with our unseen viral enemies. Oldstone's book is a vivid history of a fascinating field, and a highly reliable dispatch from an eminent researcher on the front line of this ongoing campaign.

©2010 Michael B. A. Oldstone (P)2018 Tantor

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  • 総合評価
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  • ekhensel15
  • 2019/01/12

very detailed, but very statistical

This book started off with a historical recall of viruses, bacterial rampages and then skewed to statistical data which was somewhat disorganized and lost me as a listener. I'm going to have to relisten and draw out some maps to fully understand everything in this book.

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  • bruce kittrick
  • 2020/03/16

Worried about the latest pandemic?

Great story about the major pandemics of the past. These times of tragedy give us guidance on the lessons of past battles against fear, greed and stupidity. Since I am a physician the technical language was part of my vocabulary. If you have no medical training you will appreciate the clear layout of each of these pandemics and the efforts to solve them. Kudos to the author and production team.

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  • J. Keene
  • 2020/03/30

Excellent perspective on the Corona-19 pandemic

For perspective I am writing this review on March 30, 2020. I am still under social distancing and shelter in place orders consequent of the Corona-19 pandemic currently affecting my area of the United States. This book is an excellent overview of the disease vectors that currently face this species. It isn't a good "story" in the Harry Potter sense, but the author does try to provide summary histories of the major diseases of the 19th and 20th centuries. Polio, Small Pox, and Measles are of particular interest. The chapter on SARS is eerily applicable to my current circumstances. Animal to human transition of a Corona virus, a massive Chinese Government face saving effort to coverup existence of the disease, the unilateral actions of a courageous whistle blower, its spread to 33 countries, and ultimate economic consequences from lock down. The human element gets lost in these narratives but the human element is often lost when discussing world evens that impact thousands and millions. Having also listened to The Great Influenza: The Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague in History, the chapter on Influenza in this book felt a bit thin. I think that is the larger theme of the book though: it is a survey, not a history book. It has generated interest within me towards Epidemiology, but I'm going to have to search else where for more history of these afflictions. The book ends with some interesting points about the conflict between commercial interests and public health. The author clearly and unashamedly lands on the side of scientists and public health. His points do have some interesting weight given that the lessons learned from SARS were so clearly ignored by the Chinese Government in light of the Corona 19 pandemic. I do not believe that Scientists are always adopting a position born of facts and altruism. Nor do I believe that scientists should hold ultimate authority over economic interests. I also certainly do not believe that economic interests should always overrule public health concerns. I do, however, think that these issues should be discussed and that the general populace needs to be aware of where the debate points lie. Our current predicament is clear indication that world leaders and the populace at large are exceptionally prone to go through a denial phase when new scientific information comes to light regarding public health.

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  • OkazakiFrag
  • 2019/05/21

Must Read on Virology and Public Health

This is a great book that brings a slightly different perspective on virology and infectious diseases. I can see how some readers, albeit erroneously, may believe that the author has American ethnocentrism but it is incorrect to say the very least. US authorities are cited as being as big a part of the problem of emerging diseases as any other country. The book spends an adequate amount of time discussing virology and immunology, but spends the most important, and different than other books on the topic, time discussing implications on religion, politics and financial interests as playing a major role is infectious disease. I found the most interesting part of the book is discussing American outbreaks of diseases such as yellow fever that may have fallen through the cracks in understanding such diseases. It may be a bit technical at times, but this is minimal and the author does a great job of explaining terms when necessary. A general understanding of microbiology and disease is helpful but not necessary. Medical professionals may find this book more interesting than the layperson is small areas but is helpful for all those concerned with the past, present and future of the health of the global community.

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  • 🌈☮️ MICHÆL IRVINE ❤️
  • 2020/02/26

INCREDIBLY ENLIGHTENING

Here is a AudioEbook (Audible) which practically everyone should both listen to and also study carefully, in its printed form too. Simply put, this opus contains vital information which even the well read autodidact and also formally college-educated, need to be well aware of, save for those few whom are cutting-edge medical professionals, well schooled and whom keep up with the field of emerging diseases. Keep in mind that ignorance is far from Bliss. Rather, what one doesn’t know, may indeed kill you. Moreover, the wisdom contained herein this well-researched book, only makes more clear how the right kind of knowledge — and thinking like a skeptical scientist — may serve to keep one from being bamboozled by omnipresent clever Sophistry of pop “experts” in medicine. (Knowledge is power.)

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  • Lori
  • 2020/02/05

History worth knowing

In this time when the fear of world wide pandemics is real, I felt that this historical perspective was of immense value to me. The things that the author revealed to me were pieces of information I am pleased to carry 'in my back pocket to act as reminders when I become discouraged by the latest news of a threatening viral outbreak.

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  • Stelaki
  • 2020/05/18

Great Account

This book was recommended by a physician co-worker during the pandemic. I thoroughly enjoyed it and it has brought perspective on our current situation with COVID19 and how often culture, politics and public health collide with each other.

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  • E Ross
  • 2020/04/17

A must audio book for understanding viruses.

I have a great appreciation for the comprehensive understanding of viruses and their history. This book is very helpful in formulating a plan for the prevention and treatment of viruses.

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  • Fred
  • 2020/05/03

C-19 is not really "unprecidented"

I learned a lot about how frequent these kind of events happen in human history. Makes me question all history that does not include the affects of diseases on the outcome. Good book, well written, not written to scare, but more to inform.

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  • Louis Macareo
  • 2019/06/02

Good enough to educate

I have been listening to books like this in order to gauge the difficulty I would have in writing a similar book. The presentation here is sufficient and reasonable in depth, but often is presebted in a voice of what sounds like someone with a PhD (no offense) and not like someone with a facility in explaining scientific concepts. If you basically already understand what he's talking about then you can understand this presentation, but if you don't he seems to miss the ability to translate science into english. I do not suggest however that I could accomplish a superior effort so i want to congratulate him on a well-researched and technically accurate book . What I have written above notwithstanding, the author through a series of chapters devoted to specific disease entities such as chikungunya, yellow fever, poliomyelitis, measles, HIV, influenza and others, does make a very strong case for two very important concepts that I would like to not leave unmentioned. The first is the role of serendipity in the discovery process. Science is a conglomeration of many things happening at the same time and discoveries in everything from fluid dynamics and plastics and nuclear physics combine in often accidental ways and build upon each other in a way that makes a discovery possible that was not possible before, but no more likely except for the hodge podge of a vast array of researchers sloppily pursuing different aims. On more than one occasion, an accidental or serendipitous discovery in one area influenced another which was supported by several other peripheral advancements. This argues strongly in favor of diverse, aggressive and courageous funding of a variety of science, because it's very difficult to predict where the next discovery or breakthrough will come from. Secondly, another important factor and the pursuit of science and world health is the horrendous and inexcusable history played by primarily RELIGION, followed by politics and big moneyed interests from cattle farmers to exporters in the obfiscation of scientific inquiry, distraction and hysteria and the impeding of progress. The pursuit of money will not go away, nor will the unabashed pursuit of souls for one silly god or another. These forces together have made decisions and said things and have impacted our perception of the ill and public policy in a way that has led to countless millions of deaths over the centuries. The disappointing thing is that with each and every disease, the same voices rise up to block aggressively addressing the problem. Nationalists want their own assays used so they can make money, politicians don't want their country to get a bad name an religion . . . religion cannot resist the urge to label every disease as a scourge from god, everyone infected as a sinner and every treatment as against god's will. It is petty and exhausting and almost always gives way to sanity (eventually they back away from and forget their original objects and statements) but it confuses things and slows down recognition of disease. I don't want to rob people of their collective dellusions but these beliefs must be kept in its box and not allowed to impact public health policy. One thing is certain. viruses will continue to stalk humans and it is only science as a candle in the darkness that can find the answers to push back against his never-ending struggle against biology. If you want a bright future then every effort should be made to fund, support and believe in science.

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  • 匿名
  • 2020/01/10

Read this book

You don’t have to be of a medical profession just marvel at how incredible viruses and prions are , while we look to the stars another universe is going on inside us . L J Ganser gives excellent narration! Be scared and educated

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  • Goronwy-Wyn
  • 2019/05/25

Very interesting

While I listened to the book and gathered a great deal from it, the medical content will require some additional study to fully understand. No reflection on the book which I enjoyed.

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  • Sean
  • 2020/03/27

This book

is scary, particularly at the present time whilst in the early stages of a corona virus pandemic. We'll worth the read.

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  • Mars
  • 2020/04/30

Could have been much better

This is fascinating material and should have made for a fascinating book. Instead it drones on and on and is unengaging. The chapter on immunology (chapter 3), in particular, is almost comical. Presumably this book is directed at the laity. In this sense it fails spectacularly. I've lost count of the number of times that I listened to this chapter, but still I've probably only understood 10% of it.