While smallpox was a tragedy, the eradication of smallpox laid a base for many more scientific accomplishments. This disturbing reality is the focus of this fascinating, terrifying, and important book. She felt a stab of pain near her fingernail. With accessible air travel all over the globe now, it would only take about six weeks for a smallpox epidemic to spread throughout the entire world. Many people probably just scoffed and moved on to the next news story but what they may not have known is that smallpox is considered the most deadly human virus and is responsible for killing hundreds of millions of people in the 20th century before eradicated in 1980. I don't have a quiz or an exam the next day regarding the subject, so I'm actually enjoying reading about it and researching more. First the monkeys were exposed to Harper, then Dumbell 7124 India strain.
While we still have the ability to make smallpox vaccine, just think about the things you may do in your lab on a daily basis. The average human being may only know about three or four of these major viruses. It is almost certain that illegal stocks are in the possession of hostile states, including Iraq and North Korea. Preston considered smallpox the demon that became contained in the freezers in these two locations. But these final samples were not destroyed at that time, and now secret stockpiles of smallpox surely exist. Full Book Notes and Study Guides Sites like SparkNotes with a The Demon in the Freezer study guide or cliff notes. Officially variola majora smallpox only exists in freezers in the Centers for Disease Control and in the Russian Vector lab.
While we eventually won our battle with smallpox, the millions of casualties were abysmal. This research was controversial among other scientists. I've really become drawn to the science thriller genre these days, and while this book is nonfiction, its narrative and page-turning suspense makes it feel like a So I was in bed for a few days with a terrible flu -- fever, chills, coughing, etc. Yet, a piece of literature—like the human mind—also contains a recondite element that governs the actions contained within the work. Really, variola is the main character.
Preston also explains why a battle still rages between those who want to destroy all known stocks of the virus and those who want to keep some samples alive until a cure is found. Army Institute of in Maryland became concerned terrorists had access to the smallpox virus and planed to alter the strain to become more resistant. Instead of originality, Bowen's prose relies on the use of subtleties to keep the story interesting. Preston foreshadowed this exact situation. Entities of darkness thrive on anger, violence, depression, and negativity.
Scientists continue to debate funding new smallpox research to develop a new vaccine as a defense. The potential disaster that a biochemical attack poses to not just soldiers, but civilians is overwhelming. In The Demon in the Freezer, his first nonfiction book since The Hot Zone, a 1 New York Times bestseller, Richard Preston takes us into the heart of Usamriid, the United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases at Fort Detrick, Maryland, once the headquarters of the U. The combination of graceful, readable, and sometimes gripping prose, a novelist's sense of character, scene and plot, and meticulous research makes even a book about a terrifying reality a great read. These doctors conducted smallpox experiments to discover more effective vaccines in case the virus were released. This section contains 1,671 words approx. Undocumented reserves of smallpox not only sit dormant in hidden freezers but are probably secretly researched and held as possible bio-weapons.
He discovered the power of vaccination. Not only is smallpox still around, but our friendly neighborhood scientists have experimented with the damned virus for so long, it's possible that if there is an outbreak, the world might have to deal with a super-virus. He could not believe that the vaccine was not enough for a bioterror attack on the United States. We are thankful of their contributions and encourage you to make your own. Another opinion was that demons were intermediaries between men and gods, and that demons had once been men.
He offers enough biological detail without wandering too far into techno-speak-land. It is too painful to eat, drink or talk as blisters form in your mouth and throat. But the demon in the freezer has been set loose. And I have faith in scientists. It starts out as a warning about smallpox and then suddenly takes off in the direction of anthrax.
Nations need to be held accountable and made to follow international guidelines involving testing biochemical weapons. The fear biochemical terrorism struck through the United States and United Kingdoms governments was evident in the writing. He also reminds us that no one was ever caught. Moody continues to reminisce on dancing with his sister, creating mayhem on the dance floor. From 1850-1970 is is estimated that smallpox is responsible for the death of over one billion humans worldwide. It is almost certain that illegal stocks are in the possession of hostile states, including Iraq and North Korea.