Thursday, February 4, 2016

Seven Modern Plagues: and How We Are Causing Them by Mark Jerome Walters

I have always been interested in infectious disease, how they affected human history, and most importantly the threats we are facing today.
The author chose seven modern plagues but could have chosen so many more. I really found the book to be well researched and very informative as well as very well written for readers. It would be a great introduction to those who are unfamiliar with diseases but who want to learn a bit. A few years ago, I read about prion disease in detail and was very impressed with how accurate Mark Jerome Walters was on the topic. It was obvious he did much research and made sure it was accurate and up to date. It really is a must read and a wake up call for all of us. He repeatedly makes the connection that many of these diseases have been caused by our own human behavior whether it be changing the climate or the way we interact with animals or cultivating the land. I really recommend it to anyone who wants to know how and why these diseases are coming to light and why there is a very real threat of a coming plague. I received a copy of this book from the publishers via Netgalley for free in exchange for an honest review.

Four out of Five Stars

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