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The Pandemic Century: One Hundred Years of Panic, Hysteria, and Hubris Hardcover – 9 Apr 2019

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  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: WW Norton & Co; 1 edition (9 April 2019)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393254755
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393254754
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 3.3 x 24.4 cm
  • Boxed-product Weight: 794 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,039 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Offers a mixture of gripping storytelling and insightful science....Alternately chilling and optimistic, Honigsbaum's reporting on a recurrent public health issue deserves wide attention.

Lively, gruesome, and masterful....Honigsbaum mixes superb medical history with vivid portraits of the worldwide reactions to each [pandemic] event.--Kirkus (starred review)

Engrossing....Combining history, popular science, and policy, [Honigsbaum] describes each pandemic with journalistic immediacy....An important and timely work.--Booklist (starred review)

An engaging and thoughtful journey through some of the world's greatest medical and social crises in recent decades. Honigsbaum is a worthy historian and guide to these dramatic reminders of human fallibility.--David L. Heymann, Professor of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Infectious diseases remain among the most urgent health threats we face, but too often are considered something that happens to other people, far away. In our interconnected world, this is no longer true, as Honigsbaum shows. His unique account drives home the human impact of epidemics, and the need for increased preparedness.--Jeremy Farrar, Director of the Wellcome Trust

Gripping.--Barbara Kiser

[A] riveting, vivid history of modern disease outbreaks....A fascinating account of a deeply important topic--for if the past 100 years have taught us anything, it is that new diseases and viral strains will inevitably beset us, no matter how sophisticated science becomes.--Robin McKie

A lively but less than reassuring read for those on exotic travels.--Anjana Ahuja

About the Author

Mark Honigsbaum is a medical historian, journalist, and author of five books including The Pandemic Century: One Hundred Years of Panic, Hysteria, and Hubris and The Fever Trail: In Search of the Cure for Malaria. He is currently a lecturer at City University, London.

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