Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media
by Jeanne Guillemin, 367 pp, with illus, $27.50 ISBN 0-520-22204-0, Berkeley, University of California Press, 1999.
What a relief! This is not another biothriller with bodies bursting in their juices while the heroes of the story detect the epidemic, identify the etiologic agent, and discover a miraculous cure, all within a couple of days. Instead of lives saved, the book tells us that people died in the Soviet city of Sverdlovsk (now Yekaterinburg) more than 10 years before the investigation began (at least 64 deaths from April through May 1979). "It is a detective story aimed to establish an unknown cause of death in all its details," writes the author.
AnthraxAnthrax: The Investigation of a Deadly Outbreak. JAMA. 2000;283(15):2036-2037. doi:10.1001/jama.283.15.2036-JBK0419-2-1