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Books, Journals, New Media
June 3, 1998

Fiction: Eleventh Plague

Author Affiliations

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


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JAMA. 1998;279(21):1751. doi:10.1001/jama.279.21.1751

It requires great courage to write another book about a plague. A search of the Internet bookstore Amazon.com produced 368 titles with the word "plague." Interestingly, two share the title Eleventh Plague with the new thriller by John Marr, MD, and John Baldwin: one by Jo-Ann Klainer (Simon & Schuster, 1973) and Leonard A. Cole's more recent work (WH Freeman & Co, 1996) about the history and politics of biological and chemical warfare (reviewed in JAMA January 14, 1998). Cole discusses the nerve gas attack by Japanese terrorists in Tokyo, the Iraqi scud missiles in Israel, and the possibility of similar future atrocities by renegade nations and disgruntled lunatics. It is comforting to know that Marr and Baldwin's "novel of medical terror" is mere fiction!