Spillover by David Quammen (review by Akshay B. ’16)

Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human PandemicSpillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic by David Quammen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Award-winning travel writer David Quammen brings you along on his latest fantastic journey across the world, documenting the origin and emergence of dangerous zoonoses, viral infections that come to humans from other species. Quammen is a brilliant narrator, combining humor with intellectual information to trace the spread of viruses like Ebola, AIDS and H1N1 as well as lesser known but no less frightening varieties. Unfortunately, he can only go so far, and readers who are not ardent fans of biology may find the narrative, at times, boring. However, readers will be pulled into the globe-crossing journey as Quammen gives a first-person perspective of his travels and hands-on experience with researchers. Fans of biology and people who like reading about worldly issues will find Spillover a fantastic read. – Akshay B. ‘16

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