On a book page, this tab will allow you to add a book to one of your lists.
Please login or register to use this feature.
9781771648110_cover Enlarge Cover
0 of 5
0 ratings
rated!
rated!
list price: $22.95
edition:Paperback
also available: Audiobook
published: May 2020
ISBN:9781771648110

On Pandemics

Deadly Diseases from Bubonic Plague to Coronavirus

by David Waltner-Toews

reviews: 0
0 of 5
0 ratings
rated!
rated!
list price: $22.95
edition:Paperback
also available: Audiobook
published: May 2020
ISBN:9781771648110
Description

Containing important information about the coronavirus, this comprehensive, easy-to-follow primer on pandemics, epidemics, and the panics they ignite around the world also shares solutions for a safer, healthier future.

“A quiet little gem of understanding in a cacophony of panic and fear.” 
Quill & Quire, STARRED review

Authored by a leading epidemiologist, this engrossing book answers our questions about animal diseases that jump to humans—called zoonoses—including what attracts them to humans, why they have become more common in recent history, and how we can keep them at bay. 

Almost all pandemics and epidemics have been caused by diseases that come to us from animals, including SARS, Ebola, and—now—Covid-19. Epidemiologist, veterinarian, and ecosystem health specialist, David Waltner-Toews, gathers the latest research to profile dozens of illnesses in On Pandemics. Chapters are broken into short, dynamic explainers, each one tackling a different disease. Readers will discover:

  • Why zoonotic diseases jump from animals to humans—and why some decide to stick around for good
  • How governments have responded to pandemics and epidemics throughout history, for better or for worse.
  • The role of climate change, industrialized farming, cultural practices, biodiversity loss, and globalization in making these diseases not only possible, but inevitable outcomes of our modern lifestyles.

Coronaviruses, such as those that cause SARS and Covid-19, have likely made bats their home for centuries. Until SARS came along, we didn’t know they were there, nor do we know how many other death-dealing viruses might be living undetected in wildlife. On Pandemics shows the greater impact of animal-borne diseases on our world, and encourages us to re-examine our role in pandemics, if not for our own health, then for the health of our planet.

Published originally in 2007 as The Chickens Fight Back: Pandemic Panics and Deadly Diseases that Jump from Animals to Humans, this book has been updated in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Waltner-Toews makes truly entertaining reading.”
Globe and Mail

“A page-turner presented with irreverent humour and many hair-raising anecdotes.”
Vitality Magazine

About the Author

David Waltner-Toews is best-known perhaps for his witty columns in Harrowsmith, some of which have been republished in book form. He has worked on a wide range of health, environmental and international development issues, as well as research projects in zoonotic diseases and animal production. His first book was One Animal Among Many. A veterinary epidemiologist, he teaches at the University of Guelph.

Author profile page >
Contributor Notes

David Waltner-Toews is a renowned Canadian epidemiologist, veterinarian, and highly-respected specialist in the epidemiology of food and waterborne diseases, zoonoses, ecosystem health, and One Health, whose work has been instrumental in the development of teaching and training programs across North America, Europe, and Asia. A multi-award-winning writer, he is the author of more than 20 books including textbooks, nonfiction books about science and health, murder mysteries, and poetry and short story collections. He lives in Kitchener, Ontario.

Editorial Review

 “[This book] asks us to examine the societal set-up that makes these diseases possible, including such inequities as overcrowded cities, poverty, slums, and a lack of clean water. A quiet little gem of understanding in a cacophony of panic and fear.”
Quill & Quire

“Waltner-Toews is quite clear about the message, and about the sort of science that will be required, not merely for coexisting with zoonoses but also for sustainable living in general. [His] narrative about ourselves in our natural context (not always benign!) indicates the way to a solution.”
Science Direct

“Exactly the kind of book medical and nursing students should be reading. We need more like David Waltner-Toews: informed folks who not only care deeply about animals but can explain why humans have turned our dysfunctional yet collective fate into comedy or tragedy.”
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

“The combination of entertaining and educationally sound is rare and precious, and is deployed here to excellent effect to describe and explain problems ranging from avian flu and SADS through mad cow disease to plague and Chagas disease.”
John M Last, MD, Emeritus Professor of Epidemiology, University of Ottawa

“This comprehensive account … carefully documents the science of the diverse disease agents and the myriad of biologic, geographic, behavioral, and cultural factors that influence the occurrence and spread of the diseases that they cause.”
Peter M. Schantz, VMD, PhD, Centers for Disease Control and Protection

Buy this book at:

Buy the e-book:

Reader Reviews

Sign Up or Sign In to add your review or comment.

Related Blog Posts

Other Titles by David Waltner-Toews

The Origin of Feces

The Origin of Feces

What Excrement Tells Us About Evolution, Ecology, and a Sustainable Society
edition:eBook
also available: Paperback
tagged : cultural
More Info
The Chickens Fight Back

The Chickens Fight Back

Pandemic Panics and Deadly Diseases that Jump From Animals to Humans - See more
edition:eBook
also available: Paperback
More Info
Food, Sex and Salmonella

Food, Sex and Salmonella

Why Our Food Is Making Us Sick
edition:eBook
also available: Paperback
More Info

User Activity

X
Contacting facebook
Please wait...