Review of Michael B. A. Oldstone's Viruses, Plagues, and History: The Past, Present, and Future

Topics: Infectious disease, Ribavirin, Incubation period Pages: 2 (526 words) Published: March 14, 2013
The book i was reading is Viruses, plagues and history the past, present and future by Michael B. A. Oldstone, talks about different diseases that have made its impact on history. The main idea of the book is to explain different epidemic that have occurred in history are occurring now and that can possibly occur in the future. Some dieses have shaped history that if it never happened the world wouldn’t be the same such as smallpox which allowed Europeans to clone the new world (America). Viruses have shaped our life and made a diference in history. Now who was this book for? The book could have been aimed for teens and up. The reason I think that it is aimed for teens and up is because it uses advanced vocabulary. It was written to inform other people about plagues and viruses that occurred in history. People that would be interred in this book are people who enjoy history and people who like to learn about medical. So it can work for two different types of people history lover and health lovers. This book explains very well different diseases that have infected throughout history in details. It is good for anyone studding any diseases or epidemic in history or that is currently occurring it was pretty up to date in its information. To get its point through the author uses different text features. The book contains multiple different text features that explain different epidemics. The author uses quotes from different historians to back up his info and show he is not the only one that says so. He uses charts to show death rates and when it occurs to give a visual description of what happened. It gave maps to show areas that it occurred through a visual approach. It also used pictures to show how certain things looked to give you an idea of what happened. These were very effective it allowed me to understand what the author was trying to say. It made me understand these different diseases and why they were so horrible. What does the book say about viruses? The...
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