Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic by David Quammen

Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic

By David Quammen

  • Release Date: 2012-10-01
  • Genre: Life Sciences
Score: 4
From 83 Ratings
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“Science writing as detective story at its best.” —Jennifer Ouellette, Scientific American
A New York Times Notable Book of the Year, a Scientific American Best Book of the Year, and a Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.
Ebola, SARS, Hendra, AIDS, and countless other deadly viruses all have one thing in common: the bugs that transmit these diseases all originate in wild animals and pass to humans by a process called spillover. In this gripping account, David Quammen takes the reader along on this astonishing quest to learn how, where from, and why these diseases emerge and asks the terrifying question: What might the next big one be?


  • Spillover

    By Dan_Clements
    Spillover is an outstanding overview of zoonotic diseases, their history, and the scientists and physicians who work to unravel their mysteries and treat infected individuals. I have read several of the books referenced in Spillover, but the author does a great job filling in blanks and providing very current information. Excellent book, excellent research, and one of the first lay volumes to clearly show how humans, virus, bacteria, plants, and animals all share Mother Earth: constantly evolving and searching for suitable ecological niches. Dan Clements
  • Intriguing

    By JAL39
    I thought that this book was absolutely intriguing. It was very informative and scientific of course, but the author does an amazing job of turning this very factual and informative book into a story as well. It was very fun to read and I couldn't put it down. You won't go wrong reading this book, so if your thinking about buying it because the picture on the front is so awesome but your worried what's inside isn't, don't worry, you won't be let down. Just be aware that if your not into learning then you won't like this book. Zoonosis, the main topic of the book, is something all of Earth's citizens should be aware of, because like he mentions in this text, if your not to sure what zoonosis is now, don't worry, it won't be long before it's a household word, and how right he is! To win a war you must have knowledge, and make no mistake about it, the war on humans is very real, with the enemy being nature itself! If your worried that this book might be apocalyptic, don't be, it's not. The author just wants the reader, and the world for that matter, to be informed of the very real danger that biological specimens pose on the human-animal! Thanks Mr. Quammen for this amazing book. I'm thinking about doing graduate studies in virology because of this book!