Patient Zero: A Curious History of the World's Worst Diseases
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Lydia Kang., Lydia Kang|AUTHOR., & Nate Pedersen|AUTHOR. (2021). Patient Zero: A Curious History of the World's Worst Diseases . Workman Publishing Company.

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    [synopsis] => From the masters of storytelling-meets-science and co-authors of Quackery, Patient Zero tells the long and fascinating history of disease outbreaks-how they start, how they spread, the science that lets us understand them, and how we race to destroy them before they destroy us.



 Written in the authors' lively and accessible style, chapters include page-turning medical stories about a particular disease or virus-smallpox, Bubonic plague, polio, HIV-that combine "Patient Zero" narratives, or the human stories behind outbreaks, with historical examinations of missteps, milestones, scientific theories, and more.



 Learn the tragic stories of Patient Zeros throughout history, such as Mabalo Lokela, who contracted Ebola while on vacation in 1976, and the Lewis Baby on London's Broad Street, the first to catch cholera in an 1854 outbreak that led to a major medical breakthrough. Interspersed are origin stories of a different sort-how a rye fungus in 1951 turned a small village in France into a phantasmagoric scene reminiscent of Burning Man. Plus the uneasy history of human autopsy, how the HIV virus has been with us for at least a century, and more. How did it start? Why did it spread? How do we stop it?

  

 Packed with one thrilling medical mystery after another, Patient Zero tells the curious story of 21 of the world's worst diseases-including smallpox, Bubonic plague, polio, AIDS-by combining Patient Zero narratives with historical examinations of missteps, milestones, scientific theories, and more. Discover the tragic story of Zaire schoolteacher Mabalo Lokela, whose relaxing vacation resulted in him becoming Patient Zero of Ebola virus disease. How a rye fungus in 1951 turned a small village in France into a phantasmagoric scene reminiscent of Burning Man. And what the devastating 1918 influenza pandemic has to teach us about Covid-19. (Guess what: There was an anti-mask movement back then, too)



   Lydia Kang, MD, is a practicing internal medicine physician and author of young adult fiction and adult fiction. Her YA novels include Control, Catalyst, and the upcoming The November Girl. Her adult fiction debut is entitled A Beautiful Poison. Her nonfiction has been published in JAMA, the Annals of Internal Medicine, and the Journal of General Internal Medicine.

Nate Pedersen is a librarian, historian, and freelance journalist with over 400 publications in print and online, including in the Guardian, the Believer, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the Art of Manliness. PATIENT ZERO: A Curious History of the World's Most Deadly Diseases

  

 Table of Contents

  

 Introduction

  

Part I: INFECTION

 Patient Zero: Ergotism

 Zoonoses: Making the Leap

 Patient Zero: Ebola

 Germ Theory: From Miasma to Microscopes

 Patient Zero: Plague

 Autopsy: From Humoral Theory to Grave Robbing

             Patient Zero: Hep C

 Anatomy of an Outbreak

 Patient Zero: Covid-19

 Quackery Cures

 Patient Zero: Yellow Fever

 Patient Zero: Mad Cow Disease

  

  

Part II: SPREAD

 Patient Zero: HIV

 Patient Zero: Typhus

 Leprosy

 Patient Zero: Typhoid Mary

 Indigenous Peoples & the Columbian Exchange: The "Exchange" Was Not Equal

 Patient Zero: Syphilis

 Crypto Outbreak

 Patient Zero: Measles

  

  

Part 3: CONTAINMENT

             Patient Zero: 1918 Influenza

 Vaccines: From Variolation to Messenger RNA

             Patient Zero: Polio

 Cancer-Disease Link

 Patient Zero: Cholera

 Anthrax & Biological Warfare: The Weaponization of Disease

 Patient Zero: Rabies

 Tuberculosis

 Patient Zero: Last Smallpox case

 Medical Advancements

  

  

 Acknowledgments

 Index

 Credits

 About the Authors

  

   "[A] rich and thought-provoking book... It's also a profound reconsideration of our common understanding of our most famous stories of sickness and science."

 -Salon.com



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