0  items | Rs 0
Catching Cold: 1918's Forgotten Tragedy and the Scientific Hunt for the Virus That Caused it

Catching Cold: 1918's Forgotten Tragedy and the Scientific Hunt for the Virus That Caused it

(Paperback)
by Pete Davies  
Language: English
Out Of Stock (Out Of Stock) See Details
We accept payment by:
Credit Cards
Cash Cards
Debit Cards
Net Banking
Price:   Rs.521
Our Price   Rs. 495
Discount   Rs.26 (5% Off)
(Prices are inclusive of all taxes)
Catching Cold: 1918's Forgotten Tragedy and the Scientific Hunt for the Virus That Caused it
(Notify me when it is in stock?)
Click 'Like' and get an additional Rs 5 discount!  
 

Book Summary of Catching Cold: 1918's Forgotten Tragedy ...

(Paperback)

Pete Davies estimates that between 20 and 40 million people died from the wave of influenza known as the Spanish Lady in 1918. A similar pandemic today could kill up to 100 million, or 1 in 60 of the world's population. Scientists may squabble over theory, but one thing they agree on is that it's not a question of "if", but "when" it happens again. This may sound like a sensationalist X-files-ish apocalyptic vision, but it's enough to bring you out in a sweat. Davies chooses to combine three themes: the history of the 1918 pandemic, the search for the virus that caused it and the current scientific research being undertaken. The saddest moments of a book of jagged tones occur when relating the details of the 1918 cataclysm. Ghostly and lyrical are the voices emanating from eyewitnesses, survivors and even official documents, of a time that seemed too cruel for words. And yet, terrible as it was, it couldn't match what was happening on the Western Front. The section with which Davies' writing skills seem most aligned describes an international team going to Norway to retrieve soft tissue from bodies buried in the frozen waste. His black humour is as dry as the wintry breeze as he observes the infighting and frostbitten egos that characterise science as much as any other walk of life. This is then nicely contrasted with the story of Johan Hultin, a lone 73- year-old Swede who goes to Alaska, digs up bodies with a shovel and then sends tissue samples to a laboratory that, sure enough, isolates the virus. Entertaining and invigorating stuff. The final theme, of the race to win the pharmaceutical war, is altogether more depressing, as the commercial giants of that world strive to make a bigger killing than any virus, with an array of DIY flu kits and "plug" drugs. Despite provoking the occasional suspicion that the ends don't quite justify the means, Davies displays considerable aplomb in the weaving of his "faction", and his well-researched sleuthing combines with an infectious enthusiasm to translate arcane science into an accessible and startling thriller that's definitely not to be sneezed at, but perhaps should be kept away from hypochondriacs. --David Vincent

 

Details Of Book : Catching Cold: 1918's Forgotten Tragedy ...

Book: Catching Cold: 1918's Forgotten Tragedy and the Scientific Hunt for the Virus That Caused it
Author:  
ISBN: 0140276270
ISBN-13: 9780140276275
Binding: Paperback
Publishing Date: 2000-11-02
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Number of Pages: 320
Language: English
Please Note -

* We sell only NEW book and do NOT sell old or used books.
* The book images and summary displayed may be of a different edition or binding of the same title.
* Book reviews are not added by BookAdda.
* Price can change due to reprinting, price change by publisher / distributor.

BookAdda (www.bookadda.com) is a premier online book store in selling books online across India at the most competitive prices. BookAdda sells fiction, business, non fiction, literature, AIEEE, medical, engineering, computer book, etc. The books are delivered across India FREE of cost.

Best Seller Books

View All