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by Richard Rhodes

  • Author: Richard Rhodes
  • ISBN: 0684819503
  • ISBN13: 978-0684819501
  • ePub: 1174 kb | FB2: 1215 kb
  • Language: English
  • Category: Family Health
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; 1st edition (1997)
  • Pages: 259
  • Rating: 4.3/5
  • Votes: 226
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Deadly Feasts : Tracking the Secrets of a Terrifying New Plague ePub download

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It lurks in the meat we eat. Undetectable, it incubates for years. It kills by eating holes in people's brains, so that they stagger and collapse and lose their minds. It's one hundred percent fatal. And it's already abroad in America. Deadly Feasts reads like a Michael Crichton thriller - but it's documented fact, bringing sober early warning of a new threat to our very lives that every one of us needs to heed. In this brilliant and gripping medical detective story.

In this brilliant and gripping medical detective story. Richard Rhodes follows virus hunters on three continents as they track the emergence of a deadly new brain disease that first kills cannibals in New Guinea, then cattle and young people in Britain and France-and that has already been traced to food animals in the United States. In a new afterword for the paperback, In this brilliant and gripping medical detective story.

Richard Rhodes traces the attempts of scientists to understand these strange diseases, which are now known to be transmitted by ingesting the brain or nervous tissue of infected creatures, even though the pathogen itself is an enigma that seems to be neither bacterial nor viral.

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Richard Rhodes writes an exceedingly good book.

book by Richard Rhodes. Richard Rhodes writes an exceedingly good book. He organizes this hard to swallow material in an easy to follow wa. have not eaten much beef in the last year or so as I am trying to loose weight and watch my cholesterol intake. After reading Deadly Feasts, I am not sure whether I want to ever eat any meat again, but if the facts are correct, being vegetarian only.

This book highlights yet another humbling part of nature. One that seems to be continually with us, all around us and has the potential to be dominating and unrelenting.

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From ancient times through today, we are given a primer of potential devastation and all with inhibitory progress of understanding due to government suppression—and not just the US...shame on those who would hide facts to protect profit. There is more to come—more disease and more discovery. God bless those scientists working for knowledge and for cures.
Mavegelv
Ok I admit it, I'm a science geek. This is my third copyof this book because I keep lending my coffee out and never getting it back. So I finally bought it on Kindle so I will always have it . Once you read this book you may never eat beef again. Yes it's heavy on the science but you really don't need to be a scientist to understand Deadly Feasts. It is the scientific studies of what we now call mad cow disease . Something we all need to seriously be concerned about . It is some heavy reading , but you don't need a science degree to understand the basics behind it . A fascinating look at an emerging problem we need to face . Don't read it after your family barbecue or steak dinner.
Mr_Mix
Deadly Feasts is a very readable condensation of decades of research into the bizarre, elusive class of diseases usually referred to as "prion" diseases or "transmisible spongiform encephalopathies" (TSEs). The story is a pageant of brilliant personalities, scientific heroes and villains, bold explorers and relentless researchers, which could well depict the romance of the scientific world in microcosm. As someone medically educated, this atypical, mysterious class of diseases has long captured my fascination, shimmering as they do with the tantalizing aura of the unexplained. Nowhere have I found a more comprehensive, scientifically precise summary of the data and theories about TSEs than in Richard Rhodes's book.

The narrative begins with Kuru, a fatal, wasting disease of the stone age Fore tribe in New Guinea. The story journeys to the laboratories of North America, to the pages of scientific journals, and the research centers of Great Britain, until the astonishing connection is made with Creutzfeld-Jacob disease, an apparently congenital neurologic wasting disease of humans, and scrapie, a shockingly similar disease of sheep! To anyone with a passing familiarity with the topic, the twin suns of the Nobel Laureates Carleton Gadjusek and Stanley Prusiner are well known, but how they outshine so many stars of equal brilliance in the prion saga, such as Bill Hadlow, the first to make the serendipitous connection between Kuru and Scrapie. Why a sheep veterinarian happened to be reading the British medical journal Lancet, I'll never know, but it should be an inspiration to us all to study harder!

As the epic moves forward, the prion enigma, before a scientific curiousity, is cast into the public limelight by the public health crisis surrounding mad cow disease. The famous political controvery surrounding some possibly questionable activities of the ambitious Stanley Prusiner is reviewed, but not in nearly as much depth as some of the other reviews have suggested. Also, Gadjusek's arrest for allegedly molesting a teenage boy in his care is reported, but not to discuss this subject in great detail was a tasteful decision on the part of the author, as it is peripheral to the scientific story.

The book provides an admirably detailed account of the hard science behind the TSEs. For example, every biological text or review article I have read about the subject has concluded that mad cow disease is scrapie, resulting from horizontal transmission from sheep to cattle, but this is not the truth. The cellular changes in the brains of individuals with mad cow are more similar to those of kuru than scrapie, suggesting that it is a separate disease entity. Likewise, I never realized there are many different strains of scrapie, similar to conventional viruses.

All in all, Deadly Feasts will be a profitable read for anyone with interest in the medical sciences, especially for those who enjoyed books like De Kruif's Microbe Hunters, a favorite of Gadjusek himself.
Bele
I first read 'Deadly Feasts' a few years ago. I gave the book to someone and they didn't return it. I bought another copy. For anyone interested in real science, this is a book that deserves reading. Since the landmark discovery of Watson and Crick re the structure of DNA, we've been thought this substance is the blueprint of life. DNA is the stuff that cells use to cause themselves to be replicated; it is also the material that codes for all of our cell's protein. It's a master molecule and without it, life would not exist. This is a wholesale truth in biology, though there are some virus that cause themselves to be replicated using a closely related RNA template. This book deals with prions. They a kind of unusual protein--the kind that causes diseases including mad cow disease, scrapie in sheep and staggering deer disease. The author traces the existence of these diseases, and the human variant, called Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, in a historical way. Though the science in 'Deadly Feasts' is real, it reads like science fiction. It's hard to believe these rogue proteins have existed for eons and their existence not previously know before Stanley Prusiner's groundbreaking research--research for which he was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1997. Good book; worth reading.
Yar
I am an infectious disease specialist, and first read this book 7 or 8 years ago. I couldn't put it down then. It is a compelling historically and scientifically accurate saga of the unravelling of the mystery of what was once called a "slow virus" infection which in fact is not an infection at all....but a deadly transmissable ultimately fatal condition called spongioform encephalopathy, made popular by the world-wide attention to "Mad Cow Disease" which was recognized to be caused by a transmissable agent or 'prion.' The discovery of this agent, and it ubiquity amongst animals affecting farming, and the prion's slow and delayed effects, mimicking an infection is clearly and effectively explained in this little book. Recently treating a patient with this condition, I purchased this paperback edition to share with the neurologist with whom I collaborated in the care of our patient. She, like me, "...couldn't put it down.." reading it to completion in a few days time. Jacob Creutzfeld disease as it is also called is a treacherous condition, and worthy of every neurologist's library or attention.
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