When Germs Attack, a Hypochondriac's Worst Nightmare: Non-Fiction

The great influenza : the epic story of the deadliest plague in history

John M. Barry.

History, Science/Technology, Nonfiction

No disease the world has ever known even remotely resembles the great influenza epidemic of 1918. Presumed to have begun when sick farm animals infected soldiers in Kansas, spreading and mutating into a lethal strain as troops carried it to Europe, it exploded across the world with unequaled ferocity and speed. It killed more people in twenty weeks than AIDS has killed in twenty years; it killed more people in a year than the plagues of the Middl...

The blue death : disease, disaster, and the water we drink

Robert D. Morris

Science/Technology, Nonfiction

Writing for a general audience, environmental epidemiologist Morris reviews past and present dangers posed to human health from drinking water. His narrative traces the rise of waterborne epidemics in the growth of the industrial cities together with the efforts of epidemiologists and other scientists to understand the sources of such epidemics and fashion suitable responses. It also reviews the possibility of future threats, whether from deterio...

The hot zone

Richard Preston.


A highly infectious, deadly virus from the central African rain forest suddenly appears in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. There is no cure. In a few days 90 percent of its victims are dead. A secret military SWAT team of soldiers and scientists is mobilized to stop the outbreak of this exotic "hot" virus.The Hot Zone tells this dramatic story, giving a hair-raising account of the appearance of rare and lethal viruses and their "crashes" into the...

Cure unknown : inside the Lyme epidemic

Pamela Weintraub.

Science/Technology, Nonfiction

A groundbreaking and controversial narrative investigation into the science, history, medical politics, and patient experience of Lyme disease told by a science journalist whose entire family contracted the disease.Pamela Weintraub paints a nuanced picture of the intense controversy and crippling uncertainty surrounding Lyme disease and sheds light on one of the angriest medical disputes raging today.She also reveals her personal odyssey through ...

Guns, germs and steel : the fates of human societies

Jared Diamond.

Science/Technology, Nonfiction, History

This work was first published in 1997, and it won the Pulitzer Prize. The current edition includes a new chapter on Japan. In this historical, archaeological, and linguistic investigation, Diamond (geography, U. of California at Los Angeles) seeks the root answers to why European societies (and their American offspring) became the dominant powers on Earth in terms of wealth and power. He traces the proximate causes--the development of deadlier we...

The American plague the untold story of yellow fever, the epidemic that shaped our history

Molly Caldwell Crosby

Science/Technology, Nonfiction, History

Arriving in Memphis, Tennessee in 1978, Yellow Fever would take the lives of so many Memphians that it threatened the existence of the city itself. Aimed at a general audience, this is a narrative account of the Memphis's experience with the plague which weaves together the historical, scientific, and medical factors that guided the course of the plague and its aftermath. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

The ghost map : the story of London's most terrifying epidemic--and how it changed science, cities, and the modern world

Steven Johnson.

Science/Technology, Nonfiction, History

A thrilling historical account of the worst cholera outbreak in Victorian London-and a brilliant exploration of how Dr. John Snow's solution revolutionized the way we think about disease, cities, science, and the modern world. From the dynamic thinker routinely compared to Malcolm Gladwell, E. O. Wilson, and James Gleick, The Ghost Mapis a riveting page-turner with a real-life historical hero that brilliantly illuminates the intertwined histories...