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Science  21 Oct 2005:
Vol. 310, Issue 5747, pp. 444-445
DOI: 10.1126/science.1117649

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SARS. A Case Study in Emerging Infections. Angela R. McLean, Robert M. May, John Pattison, and Robin A. Weiss, Eds.. Oxford University Press, New York, 2005. 141 pp. $99.50, £55. ISBN 0-19-856818-5. Paper, $39.50, £24.95. ISBN 0-19-856819-3.

Twenty-First Century Plague. The Story of SARS. By Thomas Abraham. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, MD, 2005. 173 pp. $24.95. ISBN 0-8018-8124-2.

Two distinct and interesting perspectives on the sudden appearance and rapid spread of severe acute respiratory syndrome in 2003. The contributors to the McLean et al. volume approach the disease from academia and the laboratory. Abraham explores the biology and epidemiology of SARS, the political responses to the threat of the disease, and their interactions.