Virus Hunter: Thirty Years of Battling Hot Viruses Around the World Paperback – Apr 13 1998
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Books such as Richard Preston's The Hot Zone thrust the deadly Ebola virus into the spotlight, but they can't match the first-person perspective of Virus Hunter. Author C. J. Peters is an ex-army colonel who has spent his professional life studying deadly pathogens in the lab and in the wild. He spins a drama- and adrenaline-filled true tale of virus hunters, which is gripping despite its occasional tendency to grow verbose and detour into personal history. Peters offers a look at crippling diseases not only through the eyes of a scientist, but also with the perspective of an insider in the defense establishment, painting a chilling picture of the potential of biological terrorism or outright warfare. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
From Library Journal
Richard Preston's best-selling The Hot Zone (LJ 8/94) dramatized the 1989 Ebola outbreak among monkeys in Reston, Virginia, and described conflicts between the two men most responsible for dealing with the outbreak, Joe McCormick of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and C.J. Peters of the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID). Eventually, McCormick left the CDC, and Peters assumed his former position there. Now both men have published their sides of the story in their respective memoirs. McCormick's Level 4: Virus Hunters of the CDC (LJ 7/96) is a somewhat disjointed but gripping account of hair-raising adventures investigating such deadly diseases as Ebola and Lassa Fever in Africa and elsewhere. Peters's adventures, while often exciting, can't match McCormick's in number and variety, but his book is more smoothly written and provides an interesting overview of its author's career and education in the workings of medical bureaucracies. He also provides important insights into the mentality at USAMRIID, formerly a biological warfare center. As Peters reminds us, some emerging diseases possess horrifying potential as agents of biological warfare. Recommended for general readers.?Marit MacArthur, Auraria Lib., Denver
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Top Customer Reviews
I am still rating the book five stars, because the last two chapters were the best. They sum up all that he has learned in his career, and make projections into the future. He also discusses extensively throughout his book the political considerations and bureaucracy that all scientists have to deal with. The book was written several years ago, but his imaginary scenario sounds almost exactly like what is currently happening with the SARS virus. He also discusses biological terrorism and chemical and biological warfare, and gives his thoughts about all these things from the perspective of all he has learned in his entire career. These chapters are EXTREMELY pertinent to what is happening today.
Unlike "Hot Zone" (mentioned by previous reviewers) this book is non-fiction and written by an expert.
The story provides any would-be epidemiologist with a realistic view of the problems and challenges that are likely to be encountered. (Though it is unlikely that he, or she, would experience this much adventure in one lifetime - Peters is the James Bond of epidemiologists!) When dealing with communities of people with varying cultural and religious beliefs, not all of the challenges are of a scientific nature.
Reading this book is well worth the time - and particularly recommended to young people thinking of entering the field of medicine. There can be more to life as a doctor than cursing HMOs and tracking a swollen stock portfolio!
The 20 photographs were of some interest, but there was only one photo of a patient with symptoms, and only one of a virus - I wish there'd been more of those and less of head & shoulders like having a meal and daughter's high-school graduation?
Great disappointment - absolutely no Index!
The penultimate Chapter 11 gives a prediction of Avian Flu originating in Thailand - just what we're getting news about this month (Jan 2004) - but this book was published in 1997. Given the age of the book, its probably not surprising that Chapter 12 is very out of date (as in 'wrong') regarding its description of BSE (Mad Cow Disease) & CJD.
Was it necessary that we be told what the wife of the 'ghost writer' does for a living?
Finally, I say it's inspiring because I'm a med student that hadn't decided for a particular specialty until I read that book.
Most recent customer reviews
An excellent book!
This books reads like a thriller as the authors take the reader from one hot zone to another. Read more
Peters has been around the world battling Ebola, Marburg ,Lassa, BHF, and alot more! This book contains his entire life, feelings, and emotions. Read morePublished on May 9 2003 by Scott Holets
What an interesting read!
The author is a great storyteller, who brings a human (and humorous) voice to some of the world's deadliest virial outbreaks. Read more
After reading Joe Barcelo's review I felt compelled to note that "Hot Zone" is also non-fiction (and very well written).Published on Aug. 8 2001
After reading Joe Barcelo's review I felt compelled to note that "Hot Zone" is also non-fiction and very well written.Published on Aug. 8 2001
If you want to learn more about exotic viruses, how they work, where you'll find them, then give this book a read. Read morePublished on Feb. 5 2001 by Amazon Customer
C.J. Peters has had an extraordinary career, which he generously shares with us. This is an outstanding read with rare insight into the world of emerging viruses. Phenomenal.Published on June 19 2000 by Vickie Hooper