E. Fuller Torrey, M.D. is associate director for research at the Stanley Medical Research Institute in Bethesda, Maryland, USA and a professor of psychiatry at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. He has authored or coauthored eighteen books, including The Invisible Plague: The Rise of Mental Illness from 1750 to the Present. Robert H. Yolken, M.D. is the director of the Stanley Laboratory of Developmental Neurovirology and a professor of pediatrics at Johns Hopkins University Medical Center, USA. A specialist in infectious diseases, he is the coeditor of the standard textbook, Manual of Clinical Microbiology.
"This book brings a very important subject to our attention-the never-ending emergence of new human diseases . . . in every instance defying our predictions, in every instance reminding us of the complexity of our world, in every instance challenging our capacity to prevent and control the threat. . . . The public and its public health experts have a lot to learn here, but Fuller Torrey and Robert Yolken have provided us with a grand primer. If 'the devil is in the details' then at least we can now see some of the manifestations of this devil, and perhaps how we must deal with him."--Frederick A. Murphy, D.V.M., Ph.D. "Distinguished Professor, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California " "This book is a wonderful combination of very readable scientific and historical underpinnings of past and present epidemics of the spread of diseases from animals to people. This is combined with charming literary glimpses of how these disasters were portrayed at the time."--Sidney M. Wolfe, M.D. "director, Public Citizen's Health Research Group, Washington, D.C. " "A super book . . . this important book provides a novel perspective on the current and future status of human disease. Highly recommended."--Joanne P. Webster, Ph.D. "reader in parasite epidemiology, Imperial College Faculty of Medicine, London "