Disease, Mary Dobson



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  1. Lydia B. Says:

    Summary: Disease is split up into four main categories: Bacterial, viral, parasitic, and life style diseases. Each category has a few diseases of its kind listed under it that will be featured in the book. Each disease will have a few pages of the book dedicated to its entry, which may include old illustrations of people suffering from the disease, a timeline with the dates of significant outbreaks, year a vaccination was engineered, etc. The entries also include the symptoms and route of infection, as well as the names of doctors or researches that played a large role in identifying, naming, or treating the disease as well as initial theories about the disease that usually turn out to be misconceptions. The book highlights how important sanitation and hygiene are, as many of the bacterial and viral diseases ran rampant in eras where sanitation was poor, but are nearly non-existent today in first world countries where sanitation is important, and we know how to prevent disease.

    Evaluation: As the book is one that mainly highlights icky, brutal, infectious disease, I was disappointed to find that not all four types of pathogens were featured in the book. Instead of having a section on Fungi, there was a misfit category on lifestyle disease such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, etc, which didn’t really fit in with the theme of the other three sections. The cover of the book itself looks like a barren wasteland, void of most life due to epidemics and plagues of infectious disease. Diabetes doesn’t quite make me think of a barren wasteland. I barely consider that section as part of the book. It’s the kind of thing at the end that you skip over, like the author’s note or index. I think that a section on fungi would have done the book much more justice. Given this, I would give the book a rating of about 3.5 stars.

    Recommended books include Stiff by Mary Roach and At War Within: The Double-Edged Sword of Immunity by William R. Clark.

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