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Scourge The Once and Future Threat of Smallpox [PDF / EPUB] Scourge The Once and Future Threat of Smallpox A Washington Post Best Book of 2001 Scourge provides a definitive account of the dramatic story of smallpox by a leading expert on biological and chemical weapons Includes a new Afterword about recent A Washington Post Best Book of Scourge Once and PDF ↠ provides a definitive account of the dramatic story of smallpox by a leading expert on biological and chemical weapons Includes a new Afterword about recent developments in bioterrorism and the threat of smallpox.


10 thoughts on “Scourge The Once and Future Threat of Smallpox

  1. says:

    A virus can turn the course of history Smallpox is once and future threat it is chilling to read about the corners of the world that still hold the smallpox virus as well as the laboratories that keep some in stock — for research purposes By almost eradicating this disease the population has become vulnerable Smallpox is also high on the list of viruses to be used or modified as biological weapons Scary book gruesome and gripping Disease has done to shape human society than war and smallpox remains one of those powerful forces still lurking waiting There is much to enjoy here in terms of medical history and science The history of vaccines too is tied up with smallpox because the smallpox vaccine was successful and has been proven to work unlike some other vaccines like the flu shot which owes to marketing than to scienceFascinating book The so many facets of history can be viewed through the lens of smallpox There are lessons to be learned here about diligence prudence and caution


  2. says:

    Smallpox was a far greater killer than the plague but is fading from memory after its successful elimination This well written book covers the history and the suspenseful drive to risky variolation safer vaccination and the eventual end to the scourge Smallpox killed about 13 of its victims and is easily spread by inhalation Names like DA Henderson are now not well known but should be for freeing humanity of its greatest viral killer At a small cost smallpox was isolated and destroyed via efforts of the WHO and member states including the USSR and USA who managed to cooperate in this one vital area during the Cold War The later part of this book focuses on the aftermath of the seeming end of smallpox A secret and illegal Soviet biological weapons program worked to develop a super smallpox and continued through the dismemberment of the Soviet Union The US and Soviet Union held the only two remaining live smallpox viruses ostensibly for scientific research For decades much of the world has demanded these final stocks be destroyed finally freeing the Earth of the killer Yet the superpowers have been caught in the classic prisoner's dilemma unsure the other would really destroy all their stocks given the possible military advantage Some scientists want to retain the virus in anticipation that another virus such as monkeypox will evolve into the void left by smallpox Concerns about mislaid smallpox cultures forgotten in a vial in some academic freezer or held in secret by a rogue state colored the debate In fact this book touches on the topic of Ira which was thought to have WMD likely including smallpox which was one of the reasons for the Second Ira War Lastly there is a fear smallpox could be reintroduced by digging up a victim buried in the permafrostThe book ends on a bittersweet note Eradicating smallpox was an epidemiological grand achievement But in the unlikely event the American or Soviet stocks are ever breached or smallpox is released by a terrorist the world is less prepared than it was because immunity fades uickly and the world has a dreadfully low vaccination supply Could smallpox be reintroduced? If so a smallpox pandemic might lead to tens or even hundreds of millions of deaths Which is why I think the final known viral stocks should be destroyed


  3. says:

    A book that is broken into 3 parts a brief history of smallpox which is well done the bulk of the book then deals with the WOrld Health Organization successful attempt to eradicate smallpox this is when the book really drags the read turns into a slog as it simply deals with the Bureaucratic wrangling and the reader finds themselves in their own Kafka nightmare as the book goes into depth describing how one country eliminated a smallpox It then repeats a near identical story how the WHO tackles smallpox in a another country the book becomes too dry Finally the book speculates on the potential of a smallpox bio terrorist attack The book is an interesting topic that is spoiled by the author turning it into a dreary repetitive exercise


  4. says:

    I read this book as background research for my next novel Complete accurate information in an easy to read style


  5. says:

    super interested


  6. says:

    This book is a not so bad continuation of The Speckled Monster with a decent amount of details about the actual smallpox eradication campaigns that occurred I'm not particularly convinced that smallpox will ever be the same sort of threat that it once was It sounds to me like the containment efforts that happened in the waning days of the smallpox epidemic were decently well handled and while global movement is a lot faster and widespread our technology has significantly improved as wellProbably 35 stars Recommended if you like the subject matter


  7. says:

    So far at about halfway through this is just all right I thought it would have historical information but most of the book is about the eradication efforts in the mid 20th Century which I already was fairly familiar with So far I'd pick almost any other pestilence book besides this one


  8. says:

    This book was ok The first half read like a public health textbook as did the sections about the international debate over destroying smallpox stockpiles However the discussion of bioterrorism was very interesting Very scary stuff


  9. says:

    DNF Smallpox The Death of a Disease The Inside Story of Eradicating a Worldwide Killer


  10. says:

    SynopsisIn Scourge Jonathan Tucker chronicles the process of finding and creating in mass uantities a vaccine for smallpox He discusses in great detail the long process of vaccine creation specifically the vaccine for smallpox There is some basic discussion of the smallpox virus itself and its affects not only on the human body but the world population as well Considered a scourge that has been eradicated from the world since 1980 by the World Health Organization smallpox continues to pose a threat to the world Tucker presents the history of this virus from a political and strategic military perspective since its eradication in the 1970's In terrifying detail Tucker presents the discovery of a Soviet plan to use the virus as a biological weapon against the world This discovery has forced countries to evaluate the safety in destroying stockpiles of the smallpox virus from which vaccines are created and tested on But keeping stockpiles of the virus present other issues for example what would happen should the virus be stolen or mishandled? It's a difficult uestion and one that doesn't come with an easy answer since most countries stopped vaccinating their populations soon after the WHO considered the virus eradicated The result creation of vaccine also ceased and thus has left the majority of the world population as risk should an outbreak occur naturally or strategically planned by some group or countryMy ThoughtsThis was a fascinating book to read I've always found myself interested in learning about diseases and plagues throughout history and was very interested in seeing how one is eradicated from the world The efforts to remove the threat of this virus was astounding The process it took to get to the point of considering it eradicated was long and arduous for those involved The dedication and perseverance of those involved is to be commended since for many of those involved it became a lifetime endeavor In addition I found the aftermath of the eradication to be enlightening if not surprising Being someone who works for government I have first hand knowledge of the bureaucracies involved in government decision making It often feels that those who know what's best aren't the ones making the decisions Sadly that appears to also be the case here as well which is both terrifying and disappointing I'm not trying to imply that the decisions are easy because they aren't but I do hope that all sides will be considered and that one government of the world won't dictate the course of action for the whole world Don't worry about this book getting bogged down in a bunch of scientific terms as Tucker is very good at keeping the language simple enough for the layperson Never once did I feel like I was in over my head in learning about this topic Overall a great read and highly recommended for anyone interested in scourges and vaccines that aid in eradicating them


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