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Rabid: A Cultural History of the World's Most Diabolical Virus (Paperback)

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    Bill Wasik is a senior editor at Wired and was formerly a senior editor atHarper’s.
    Monica Murphy, Wasik’s wife, is a veterinarian. They live in Oakland, California.
    The most fatal virus known to science, rabies-a disease that spreads avidly from animals to humans-kills nearly one hundred percent of its victims once the infection takes root in the brain. In this critically acclaimed exploration, journalist Bill Wasik and veterinarian Monica Murphy chart four thousand years of the history, science, and cultural mythology of rabies. From Greek myths to zombie flicks, from the laboratory heroics of Louis Pasteur to the contemporary search for a lifesaving treatment, Rabid is a fresh and often wildly entertaining look at one of humankind's oldest and most fearsome foes. "A searing narrative." -The New York Times "In this keen and exceptionally well-written book, rife with surprises, narrative suspense and a steady flow of expansive insights, 'the world's most diabolical virus' conquers the unsuspecting reader's imaginative nervous system. . . . A smart, unsettling, and strangely stirring piece of work." -San Francisco Chronicle "Fascinating. . . . Wasik and Murphy chronicle more than two millennia of myths and discoveries about rabies and the animals that transmit it, including dogs, bats and raccoons." -The Wall Street Journal

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    ISBN 9780143123576
    Genre SCIENCE / General
    Format Paperback
    Pages 275
    Publisher Date 2013-06-25 00:00:00.0
    Publisher Penguin Group USA
    Copyright Year 2013
    Height 8.0 in
    Wdth 5.5 in
    Thickness 1.0 in
    Unit weight 0.52 lb
    Language English
    Subtitle A Cultural History of the World's Most Diabolical Virus
    Edition Detail Reprint
    Audience Professional and scholarly
    Authors Wasik, Bill
    Country of Origin United States

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