‘Unprecedented’ is a word that’s been tossed around a lot lately. And for so many of us who’ve never experienced epidemic outbreaks of terrifying infectious diseases in our lifetimes, our current reality may well feel extraordinary. Unfortunately, deadly plagues and pandemics have swept through populations for at least thousands of years. Here are some books that outline the impacts, explain the science and celebrate the incredible medical breakthroughs we’ve made.
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A guide to how dietery changes can combat viruses and allergies by alternative medicine guru Jan de Vries
Tells the devastating story of the Spanish flu - the twentieth century's greatest killer.
A timely and critically acclaimed 100-year history of pandemics, by medical historian and viral TED talk presenter – with a new chapter on COVID-19.
A gripping and timely book about the transmission of highly dangerous diseases from animal to human populations.
Introducing the five titles to date from a rapidly rising literary star.