Thursday, January 31, 2019
The Atlas of Disease
The Atlas of Disease is a non-fiction historically and scientifically accurate book on epidemiology. Released 27th Nov 2018, by Quarto on their White Lion imprint, it's 224 pages and available in hardcover and ebook formats.
Author Sandra Hempel is a journalist with long experience writing about medical and social issues. The book is aimed at the layperson and whilst the book is scientifically accurate, it's doesn't require a lot of background knowledge of disease or epidemiology to understand.
The chapters are arranged around methods of transfer: airborne diseases, waterborne, zoonose (animal/insect to human), and human to human. Each of the individual disease entries includes map and graphical data along with historical background and info. The most devastating epidemics and pandemics in history are covered individually.
I found the book very educational but not dry or boring at all. I would definitely recommend the book to anyone who enjoys medical nonfiction. It's well researched, well written, and accessible to a wide audience.
Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes.