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Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic (2012)

de David Quammen

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A masterpiece of science reporting that tracks the animal origins of emerging human diseases.
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Ein hervorragendes Beispiel für guten Wissenschaftsjournalismus! Umfassend in der Recherche, präzise aber sehr gut verständlich geschrieben. Und mit dem Maß an trockenem Humor, der einen unweigerlich für das Buch einnimmt, und der leider in deutschen Autoren und Wissenschaftlern so selten ist.
Das Buch ist von 2012 und der Autor spekuliert verschiedentlich über "The Next Big One". Ein guter Kandidat: ein Coronavirus! Und nun sitze ich zu Hause, praktiziere social distancing und draußen passiert genau dieser "Big One". Spooky! ( )
  MrKillick-Read | Apr 4, 2021 |
David Quammen explains that epidemics caused by RNA viruses such as Hendra, Marburg, Ebola, West Nile, SARS, Hanta, HIV, and COVID were transmitted from reservior animals such as bats to an amplifier host (apes, monkeys, goats, horses, deer) and then to humans in pattern that can be traced back for many years and has occurred on every continent. Current trends in China such as eating wildlife combined with deplorable mass warehousing of the animals (think Yulin Dog Meat Festival) and mass transit have spurred the spread of viruses like COVID-19. Cases of HIV were around during the turn of the century but didn't become an epidemic until infected apes were butchered and eaten, and the virus was spread from 3rd world countries to large metropolitan areas. The virus didn't get on a plane, an infected person did. ( )
  kerryp | Dec 7, 2020 |
Ámeno y fácil de leer. Interesante ( )
  Mrubino4 | Oct 10, 2020 |
The book in and itself would be between 2.5 and 3*

The writing is long-winded and here and there is inclining toward gossip and fiction more than science reporting

On the narrative/writing style, it was better "Congo" by Crichton (the book often make you think to that predecessor).

Nonetheless, it is informative- and gets a 3.5* mainly because... for reasons unknown, instead of sharing as a reference other books that discussed the transition from bats to humans of viruses, this book generated more interviews with the author.

In Italy, it resulted also in a new edition of the book (I read the English version).

Anyway, if you liked "Guns, Germs, and Steel" by Diamond, probably this book (albeit also in this case I liked more Diamond's writing style) could add some few ideas and points.

Beside the obvious reason for reading the book now (COVID-19), it is interesting to read it also as a framework of ecological systemic thinking.

So, forgetting that it is about viruses and their cross-species lifecycle, it could be useful for other purposes and conceptual analyses

Therefore, if boring at times, worth reading

[Review released on 2020-06-06] ( )
  aleph123 | Jun 6, 2020 |
Great book. Very informative. Lots of story-telling which helped make it more interesting, but also made it rather long. A bit too long - especially when the story-telling became a fictional story about the genisis of HIV in humans. Overall, though; very good and worth reading. ( )
  jvgravy | May 31, 2020 |
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Human beings are restless, nosey and aggressive. These characteristics have made us one of the most invasive species our planet has ever encountered and allowed us to colonise nearly every terrestrial environment. During this progress, humans have made many acquisitions, several of them unwanted. Our constant movement between vast, populous cities and novel environments makes us easy prey for opportunistic pathogens that replicate fast, and transmit by sneezes and dirty hands before sickness even begins to show. These pathogens can spread around the world in hours by aeroplane to infect the unsuspecting on another continent. That's how "swine flu" spread in 2009; it was already unstoppable by the time we noticed it. We were lucky it wasn't particularly virulent.....
afegit per marq | editaThe Guardian, Caroline Ash (Oct 11, 2012)
 

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