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Rabid: A Cultural History of the World's Most Diabolical Virus by Bill Wasik

(2012) 

Review 

''An elegant exploration of the science behind one of the most horrible ways to die.'' --Chris Anderson, New York Times bestselling author

''Thrilling, smart, and devilishly entertaining, Rabid is one of those books that changes your sense of history -- and reminds us how much our human story has been shaped by the viruses that live among us.'' --Steven Johnson, bestselling author of The Ghost Map

''Take Bill Wasik, one of our most perceptive journalistic storytellers, have him join forces with Monica Murphy, scholar of public health, and you end up with this erudite, true-life creep show of a book. It turns out that the rabies virus is a good bit more fascinating and at least as frightening as any of those blood-thirsty monsters that have stalked our fairy tales, multiplexes, and dreams.'' --Donovan Hohn, author of Moby-Duck

''The rabies virus is a microscopic particle of genes and proteins. And yet it has cast a fearful shadow over all of human history. Bill Wasik and Monica Murphy have produced an eerily elegant meditation on disease and madness, dogs and vampires. It's as infectious as its subject.'' --Carl Zimmer, NPR contributor and author of Parasite Rex

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  • Jeffrey C. J.

    Wow, more no show than all of the wonderful people that came. Welcome Steve, and good of you to come back Andrew and Nathan always a pleasure and Tanya great to see you again too with World Cup news and of course Brigetta you kept us on our toes and good luck with all your many endeavors!

    July 13, 2014

  • Larry

    I live in Laurel, MD. I will be at the mtg unless I am out of town. Unfortunately I may be in FL and not Denmark like Arlene. Very interested in rabies.

    1 · July 7, 2014

    • Jeffrey C. J.

      Please also check out our sister group the Bowie Bevy of Brainy Books.

      July 7, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    It turns out that I will not be able to make the meeting on the 13th after all.

    July 1, 2014

    • Jeffrey C. J.

      I hope at least you could enjoy the book. :)

      July 2, 2014

  • Jeffrey C. J.

    Here is something you can watch at the Strand with an interview that nicely covers the book's contents: http://youtu.be/noRm0lDlx7U ; feel free to watch the videos and listen to the radiolab story if you don't have time for the book. We'd love to have you come anyway!

    June 24, 2014

  • Jeffrey C. J.

    Radiolab story on the Milwaukee Protocol: http://www.radiolab.org/story/312245-rodney-versus-death/

    June 24, 2014

  • Arlene K.

    I won't be going as we will be in Denmark

    1 · June 23, 2014

    • Arlene K.

      I've started reading The Bonobo and The Atheist and it's really interesting. I have it on my e reader so I will take it with me to Denmark to read on the plane.

      1 · June 24, 2014

    • Jeffrey C. J.

      I think that will be the last Frans de Waal book we'll be doing for a while; we did 2 this cycle as there were suggested last cycle and alas the reviews we had for the December meeting weren't the best but only 3 of us made it.

      June 24, 2014

  • Arlene K.

    Several years ago there was the only person to ever be cured by Rabbies, they put her in a coma.

    1 · June 24, 2014

    • Jeffrey C. J.

      That is one of the best stories in the book. It's called the Milwaukee Protocol and I think in the post-Pasteur era it may be the only cure when one gets past the vaccination stage as the girl in the case study was. Vaccination is already a cure to Rabies and IIRC the book clarifies it's only 6 shots now, but I could be wrong, it's been a while as that's in the front-matter. But once one enters Hydrophobia it's usually considered too late except in this one, controversial case. Actually, since then I seem to recall there was a case in Eastern Europe which showed more promise in the Milwaukee Protocol.

      June 24, 2014

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