eBook The Invisible Fire: The Story of Mankind's Victory Over the Ancient Scourge of Smallpox download
by Joel N. Shurkin
Author: Joel N. Shurkin
Publisher: iUniverse (December 1, 2000)
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The story of mankind's victory over the ancient scourge of smallpox. Smallpox, one of the deadliest of all diseases, was eradicated in 1979, the only disease to have been wiped from the earth. The deadly virus exists now only in a few labs in the world-we hope. But before it was conquered the disease changed history. Written by an award-winning science writer, The Invisib. The story of mankind's victory over the ancient scourge of smallpox
Joel N. Shurkin (Author). As with Hopkins, the horror of smallpox permeates this book from start to finish, underscoring the need to eliminate the monster.
Joel N. ISBN-13: 978-0595168675. Why is ISBN important? ISBN. Invisible FIre takes us step by step through the struggle, much like a military history would for a conventional war. It was a lot like a traditional war. WHO warriors had to go back and mop up areas that had been treated already. Smallpox resided only in humans, making it vulnerable to eradication. So far this has not been so true with other diseases.
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Joel Shurkin has tracked smallpox through time and space with the .
Joel Shurkin has tracked smallpox through time and space with the passion of a collector, and he does convince the reader that ""the disease is almost unprecedented in its ghastliness. To be sure, there are the stories of the smallpox conquest of Mexico, America's Indians, and historic personages: Elizabeth I and Louis XV were victims. The second part of the book deals with the World Health Organization's campaign to eradicate smallpox-one of the few times that an all-out ""war"" against a disease appears to have succeeded: the last reported case appeared on October 26, 1977.
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The story of mankind's victory over the ancient scourge of smallpox. com User, October 24, 2001. this is a fascinating book.
com User, October 24, 2001. well written, easy to read and absorb. a book that all need to read at this time to educate ourselves on the subject of smallpox and its history from early times to its eradication from the world. i higly recomend it. 0. Report. Shurkin, The Invisible Fire: The Story of Mankind’s Victory over the Ancient Scourge of Smallpox (New York: . Putnam’s Sons, 1979), 259–260. 28. Kingsley Asiedu, Bernard Amouzou, Akshay Dhariwal, Marc Karam, Derek Lobo, Sarat Patnaik, and Andre Meheus, Yaws Eradication: Past Efforts and Future Perspectives, Bulletin of the World Health Organization 86 (2008), 499–500. CrossRefGoogle Scholar. Basu, Z. Jezek, and NA. Ward, The Eradication of Smallpox from India, (New Delhi: WHO South-East Asia Regional Office, 1979), 2. oogle Scholar.
Joel Shurkin may well have the last word on smallpox. If there have been no new reports of the disease by October 26 of this year, the World Health Organization will declare it officially eradicated from the planet. He begins with a lucid description of the disease, its pathology, its history and the history of attempts to pre vent it through crude variolation (vaccination with the smallpox virus itself) and cowpox vaccination. This is lively stuff, drawn with scholarly care from such sources as Thucydides, Lucretius and Cotton Mather.
Find nearly any book by Joel N Shurkin. Get the best deal by comparing prices from over 100,000 booksellers. The Invisible Fire: The Story of Mankind's Victory Over the Ancient Scourge of Smallpox: ISBN 9780595168675 (978-0-595-16867-5) Softcover, iUniverse, 2000. Jupiter-The Star That Failed. ISBN 9780664326425 (978-0-664-32642-5) Hardcover, Westminster John Knox Pr, 1979.
Smallpox, one of the deadliest of all diseases, was eradicated in 1979, the only disease to have been wiped from the earth. The deadly virus exists now only in a few labs in the world--we hope. But before it was conquered the disease changed history. Written by an award-winning science writer, The Invisible Fire is the only complete history of the scourge and of the brave and idiosyncratic men and women who defeated one of nature's most lethal viruses.