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Author Marriott, Edward, 1966-

Title Plague : a story of science, rivalry, and the scourge that won't go away / Edward Marriott
Edition First American edition
Published New York : Metropolitan Books, 2003


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Description 302 pages, (8) pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Summary "Cutting a swath through medical papers, statistical reports, journals, letters, and interviews, Marriott pieces together the great untold tale of the plague pioneers. He reconstructs the summer of 1894, when a diagnosis of plague brought to Hong Kong two scientists in search of its source: the maverick Frenchman Alexandre Yersin and the eminent Shibasaburo Kitasato from Japan. With thrilling detail, Marriott re-creates their rivalry and the dramatic events surrounding the discovery of the plague bacterium, skillfully weaving in the pathology of the disease and the mechanics of an epidemic. Moving forward, Marriott explores the persistence of plague: in Surat, India, in 1994, the site of the biggest outbreak of plague in seventy years; and in the United States, where since its arrival in California in 1900, plague has remained a continuing threat - particularly in New York, a city with a rat for every human being and a diminishing budget for pest control
Finally he addresses the possibility of a new pandemic, one in which plague has become resistant to antibiotics."--BOOK JACKET
Notes Originally published: The plague race : United Kingdom : Picador, 2002
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Plague -- History.
Plague -- China -- Hong Kong -- History -- 19th century.
LC no. 2002026325
ISBN 0805066802 hardcover
Other Titles Plague race