Bill Wasik And Monica Murphy - Rabid
Written by Rabid: A Cultural History of the World's Most Diabolical Virus
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Rabid: A Cultural History of the Worldâ€™s Most Diabolical Virus
Written by: Bill Wasik, Monica Murphy
Narrated by: Johnny Heller
Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
A maddened creature, frothing at the mouth, lunges at an innocent victimâ€”and with a bite, transforms its prey into another raving monster. Itâ€™s a scenario that underlies our darkest tales of supernatural horror, but its power derives from a very real virus, a deadly scourge known to mankind from our earliest days. In this fascinating exploration, journalist Bill Wasik and veterinarian Monica Murphy chart four thousand years in the history, science, and cultural mythology of rabies.
The most fatal virus known to science, rabies kills nearly 100 percent of its victims once the infection takes root in the brain. A disease that spreads avidly from animals to humans, rabies has served as a symbol of savage madness and inhuman possession throughout history. Today, its history can help shed light on the wave of emerging diseasesâ€”from AIDS to SARS to avian fluâ€”with origins in animal populations.
From Greek myths to zombie flicks, from the laboratory heroics of Louis Pasteur to the contemporary search for a lifesaving treatment, Rabid is a fresh, fascinating, and often wildly entertaining look at one of mankindâ€™s oldest and most fearsome foes.
Bill Wasik is a senior editor at Wired magazine and was previously a senior editor at Harperâ€™s, where he wrote on culture, media, and politics. He is the editor of the anthology Submersion Journalism and has also written for Oxford American, Slate, Salon, and McSweeneyâ€™s.
Â©2012 Bill Wasik and Monica Murphy (P)2012 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
What the Critics Say
"[An] ambitious and smart history of the virusâ€¦. The authors track how science tried to tame the scourge, with its ravaging neurological effects. Yet the rare tales of modern survivors only underscore that, despite the existence of treatment through a series of injections, we're at a stalemate in conquering rabies." (Publishers Weekly)
"[Wasik and Murphy] place the world's deadliest virus in its historical and cultural context with a scientifically sound and compelling history that begins in ancient Mesopotamia and ends in twenty-first-century Baliâ€¦Readable, fascinating, informative, and occasionally gruesome, this is highly recommended for anyone interested in medical history or the cultural history of disease." (Library Journal)
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|0. Introduction - Looking The Devil in the Eye.mp3||12.8 MB|
|1. In the Beginning.mp3||23.5 MB|
|2. The Middle Rages.mp3||25.2 MB|
|3. A Virus with Teeth.mp3||25.8 MB|
|4. Canicide.mp3||25.9 MB|
|5. King Louis.mp3||29.2 MB|
|6. The Zoonotic Century.mp3||27.7 MB|
|7. The Survivors.mp3||19.7 MB|
|8. Island of the Mad Dogs.mp3||26.4 MB|
|9. Conclusion - The Devil, Leashed.mp3||13.1 MB|
|Bill Wasik and Monica Murphy - Rabid.jpg||258.5 KB|
|Bill Wasik and Monica Murphy - Rabid.txt||2.5 KB|
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