Patient Zero

A Curious History of the World's Worst Diseases
by Lydia Kang, Nate Pedersen

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From the masters of storytelling-meets-science and co-authors of QuackeryPatient Zero tells the long and fascinating history of disease outbreaks—how they start, how they spread, the science that lets us understand them, and how we race to destroy them before they destroy us.

Written in the authors’ lively and accessible style, chapters...
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Published By Workman Publishing Company

Format Hardback


Number Of Pages 400

Publication Date 11/16/2021

ISBN 9781523513291

Dimensions 6.25 inches x 8.88 inches

"[A] rich and thought-provoking book... It's also a profound reconsideration of our common understanding of our most famous stories of sickness and science."

“A thorough and morbidly funny study of some of the world’s deadliest diseases… Readers will be swept away by this energetic and enlightening survey”
Publishers Weekly, starred review
“If only my AP Bio textbook had been so fun. From Mad Cow to Monkeypox, here’s everything you wanted to know about the diseases you’re glad you don’t have. Hopefully!”
Mo Rocca, author of Mobituaries
“Some of these stories read like gripping crime novels, some like Victorian tragedies, and some like futuristic thrillers. Patient Zero is essential and—dare I say it—entertaining reading.”
Amy Stewart, author of The Drunken Botanist and Wicked Plants
“A fascinating foray into the etiology of fevers, flus, and other foul febrilities.”
James Nestor, New York Times bestselling author of Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art
Patient Zero offers an encyclopedic presentation of historic outbreaks that tell fascinating and fast-moving tales of courage, tragedy, and loss (of life, of limbs, of freedom…of noses).”
Dr. Brandy Schillace, author of Mr. Humbleand Dr. Butcher

“There is something here to astound even the most seasoned medical historian. I found myself utterly engrossed.”
Dr. Lindsey Fitzharris, author of The Butchering Art

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