The Pandemic Century: A History of Contagion - from the Spanish Flu to Covid-19 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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The most timely and informative history work you will explore this year, tracing a century of pandemics, with a new chapter on COVID-19.
Ever since the 1918 Spanish influenza pandemic, Scientists have dreamed of preventing catastrophic outbreaks of infectious disease. Yet, despite a century of medical progress, viral and bacterial disasters continue to take us by surprise, inciting panic and dominating news cycles. From the Spanish flu and the 1924 outbreak of pneumonic plague in Los Angeles, to the 1930 'parrot fever' pandemic and the more recent SARS, Ebola, Zika and - now - COVID-19 epidemics, the last 100 years have been marked by a succession of unanticipated pandemic alarms.
In The Pandemic Century, Mark Honigsbaum chronicles 100 years of history in 10 outbreaks. Bringing us right up-to-date with a new chapter on COVID-19, this fast-paced, critically-acclaimed audiobook combines science history, medical sociology and thrilling front-line reportage to deliver the story of our times.
As we meet dedicated disease detectives, obstructive public health officials, and gifted Scientists often blinded by their own expertise, we come face-to-face with the brilliance and medical hubris shaping both the frontier of science - and the future of humanity’s survival.
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|Listening Length||13 hours and 40 minutes|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||23 April 2020|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 60,674 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
36 in Contagious Diseases
50 in Medicine History & Commentary
169 in History of Medicine
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Yet, the topic is interesting and there is plenty of knowledge here. My recommendation would be to find (and tough) editor and re-publish the book on no more, than 100 - 120 pages. Then it would make an interesting read.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 8 June 2020