I’m a Sucker For a Scary Story

This would have been the perfect book for Halloween, but here we are in the dead of winter with nothing better to do than keep ourselves busy with a scary book!

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Anyone else love a book that can keep you up at night?

Outbreak!: 50 Tales of Epidemics that Terrorized the World

(Source: Amazon)

From ancient scourges to modern-day pandemics!

Throughout history–even recent history–highly contagious, deadly, and truly horrible epidemics have swept through cities, countrysides, and even entire countries. Outbreak! catalogs fifty of those incidents in gruesome detail, including:

  • The Sweating Sickness that killed 15,000, including Henry VIII’s older brother
  • Syphilis, the “French Disease,” which spread throughout Europe in the late fifteenth century
  • The romantic disease: tuberculosis, featured in La Boheme, La Traviata, and Les Miserables
  • The worldwide outbreak of influenza in 1918, which killed 3 percent of the population
  • The mysterious appearance of HIV in the 1980s
  • The devastating spread of Ebola in West Africa in 2014

From ancient outbreaks of smallpox and plague to modern epidemics such as SARS and Ebola, the stories capture the mystery and devastation brought on by these diseases. It’s a sickeningly fun read that confirms the true definition of going viral.

It’s frightening, yet spellbinding all in one itchy wonderful read!

The scariest stat? The outbreak to come…DUN DUN DUN.

Anyone game?

 

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Comments

  1. Sweating Sickness??? omg I may have this. #menopause. I love a good scary story.

  2. I use to love scary stories but the really scary thing is that these are all true. Yikes!! Books are a perfect way to spend these chilly days.

  3. Thanks for sharing this. As a physician, I enjoy reading medical history, and stories about epidemics are some of the most interesting. They should make us appreciate the advances in sanitation, hygiene, vaccination and antibiotics that make these less likely to occur-but they still can. Unfortunately, the author may eventually need to write volume 2. Until then- let’s remember to wash our hands often!

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