Books et al.Epidemiology

Epidemics of Fear

Science  12 Jun 2009:
Vol. 324, Issue 5933, pp. 1393
DOI: 10.1126/science.1175732

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Dread How Fear and Fantasy Have Fueled Epidemics from the Black Death to Avian Flu by Philip Alcabes PublicAffairs, New York, 2009. 322 pp. $26.95, C$31. ISBN 9781586486181.

Summary

Exploring biological, social, and narrative aspects of epidemics, Alcabes concludes that the common gap between the hype and the actual levels of damages reflects the crucial roles fear and imagination play in shaping our responses to diseases.