Sunday, March 23, 2008

Plague and Pestilence: A History of Infectious Disease

Author: Linda Jacobs Altman

First line: March 10, 1997, started out as a typical Monday at Del Campo High School near Sacramento, Californa; busy teachers, crowded hallways, the bray of the morning bell.

Why you should read this book: This is a straightforward overview of infectious diseases with both a historical and modern perspective, written for adolescent readers. Text explains the evolution of medical understanding as well as the physical and social toll of deadly diseases. Includes an intelligent discussion of the real killers, those diseases against which we have neither immunity nor vaccination, and the constant possibility that some microbe will mutate just enough to destroy the human race.

Why you shouldn't read this book: Hypochondria.

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