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Pandemic - Tracking Contagions, from Cholera to Ebola and Beyond

Sonia Shah

From the author of The Fever, a wide-ranging inquiry into the origins of pandemics Interweaving history, original reportage, and personal narrative, Pandemic explores the origin of epidemics, drawing parallels between the story of cholera--one of history's most disruptive and deadly pathogens--and the new pathogens that stalk humankind today, from Ebola and avian influenza to drug-resistant superbugs. More than three hundred infectious diseases have emerged or reemerged in new territory during the past fifty years, and 90 percent of epidemiologists expect that one of them will cause a disruptive, deadly pandemic sometime in the next two generations. To reveal how that might happen, Sonia Shah tracks each stage of cholera's dramatic journey from harmless microbe to world-changing pandemic, from its 1817 emergence in the South Asian hinterlands to its rapid dispersal across the nineteenth-century world and its latest beachhead in Haiti. She reports on the pathogens following in cholera's footsteps, from the MRSA bacterium that besieges her own family to the never-before-seen killers emerging from China's wet markets, the surgical wards of New Delhi, the slums of Port-au-Prince, and the suburban backyards of the East Coast. By delving into the convoluted science, strange politics, and checkered history of one of the world's deadliest diseases, Pandemic reveals what the next epidemic might look like--and what we can do to prevent it.

From the author of The Fever, a wide-ranging inquiry into the origins of pandemics Interweaving history, original reportage, and personal narrative, Pandemic explores the origin of epidemics, drawing parallels between the story of cholera--one of history's most disruptive and deadly pathogens--and the new pathogens that stalk humankind today, from Ebola and avian influenza to drug-resistant superbugs. More than three hundred infectious diseases have emerged or reemerged in new territory during the past fifty years, and 90 percent of epidemiologists expect that one of them will cause a disruptive, deadly pandemic sometime in the next two generations. To reveal how that might happen, Sonia Shah tracks each stage of cholera's dramatic journey from harmless microbe to world-changing pandemic, from its 1817 emergence in the South Asian hinterlands to its rapid dispersal across the nineteenth-century world and its latest beachhead in Haiti. She reports on the pathogens following in cholera's footsteps, from the MRSA bacterium that besieges her own family to the never-before-seen killers emerging from China's wet markets, the surgical wards of New Delhi, the slums of Port-au-Prince, and the suburban backyards of the East Coast. By delving into the convoluted science, strange politics, and checkered history of one of the world's deadliest diseases, Pandemic reveals what the next epidemic might look like--and what we can do to prevent it.
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From the author of The Fever, a wide-ranging inquiry into the origins of pandemics Interweaving history, original reportage, and personal narrative, Pandemic explores the origin of epidemics, drawing parallels between the story of cholera--one of history's most disruptive and deadly pathogens--and the new pathogens that stalk humankind today, from Ebola and avian influenza to drug-resistant superbugs. More than three hundred infectious diseases have emerged or reemerged in new territory during the past fifty years, and 90 percent of epidemiologists expect that one of them will cause a disruptive, deadly pandemic sometime in the next two generations. To reveal how that might happen, Sonia Shah tracks each stage of cholera's dramatic journey from harmless microbe to world-changing pandemic, from its 1817 emergence in the South Asian hinterlands to its rapid dispersal across the nineteenth-century world and its latest beachhead in Haiti. She reports on the pathogens following in cholera's footsteps, from the MRSA bacterium that besieges her own family to the never-before-seen killers emerging from China's wet markets, the surgical wards of New Delhi, the slums of Port-au-Prince, and the suburban backyards of the East Coast. By delving into the convoluted science, strange politics, and checkered history of one of the world's deadliest diseases, Pandemic reveals what the next epidemic might look like--and what we can do to prevent it.

Language:

English

Length:

9h 35m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:16


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

06:40


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

07:54


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

03:44


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

07:38


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:20


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

08:08


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

06:00


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

06:41


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

06:36


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

08:51


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

08:42


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

06:15


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

07:25


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:44


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

07:12


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

07:09


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

07:12


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

07:10


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

05:55


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

07:42


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

06:18


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

06:46


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

07:36


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

08:35


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

06:14


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

04:02


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

07:57


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

04:50


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

06:53


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

07:16


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

08:11


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

03:48


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

05:09


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:10


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

07:16


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

08:19


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

05:58


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

04:17


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

07:38


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

06:21


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

03:21


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

09:06


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

07:33


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

06:45


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

08:23


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

04:57


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

07:57


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

09:07


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

08:08


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

08:43


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

05:20


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

04:06


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

07:55


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

05:47


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

04:54


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

07:15


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

08:14


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

07:30


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

07:30


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

08:34


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

03:21


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

08:31


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

06:59


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

04:42


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

04:08


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

04:35


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

08:03


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

07:31


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

06:16


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

05:40


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

07:45


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

07:28


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

08:00


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

08:46


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

04:23


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

05:06


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

08:29


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

07:07


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

02:57


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

07:42


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

06:57


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

06:41


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

09:01


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

08:20


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

08:11


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

00:31