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June 24, 1998

Mad Cow DiseaseMad Cow U. S. A.: Could the Nightmare Happen Here?

Author Affiliations
 

Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media

 

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by Sheldon Rampton and John Stauber, 246 pp, with illus, $24.95, ISBN 1-56751-111-2, Monroe, Me, Common Courage Press, 1997.

JAMA. 1998;279(24):2008. doi:10.1001/jama.279.24.2008-JBK0624-4-1

From its cover picture with the juicy hamburger to the title itself, there is no doubt that this is a book with a point of view! Two controversial areas are covered: transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs) or prion diseases and food regulatory politics related to meat processing. The interesting facts, fictions, and adventures associated with the history of TSE make fascinating reading, thanks to charismatic personalities and exotic settings, ranging from cannibalistic kuru-infected tribes in the highlands of New Guinea to the high-tech research labs of the world's major medical centers.

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