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Books illuminating the history and science of deadly pandemics.

‘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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