Patient Zero is a 2009 post-apocalyptic horror novel by Jonathan Maberry. It follows Joe Ledger and the Department of Military Sciences as they battle against a terrorist organization that has acquired a biological weapon capable of transforming its victims into zombies. Originally published in the United States, it has been translated into eight languages and was nominated for a 2010 Bram Stoker Award for Best First Novel. In 2013, it was followed by The Dragon Factory.
Patient Zero Pdf Free Download is a non-fiction book that describes the spread of a virus. It was written by journalist and author Max Brooks (son of Mel Brooks) and published in 2006. The book is an example of “literature in the public domain” and is available for free download from several websites.
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Patient Zero is a fascinating book about deadly epidemics and the search for answers. It is geared toward middle school children. It isn’t overly burdened with technical and medical terminology which many tweens would find boring. Instead it is told in story form about the first patient to become ill and the search to find what is causing others to succumb.
This begins with the Bubonic plague in London, then Cholera also in London. It moves on to Yellow Fever in Cuba, the worldwide Spanish flu, Typhoid Fever in New York, Aids and Ebola. There are little side bars about viruses, hosts and quarantines just to name a few subjects. Each section tells the story of Patient Zero, the first to be recognized with the illness, their symptoms (or lack thereof in the case of Typhoid Mary) and the search to find the answers. There’s plenty of interesting history here and how historical events furthered some diseases, like World War I and the Spanish Flu. Also there are the stories of the people who discovered the causes of illness like Walter Reed. This is a good introduction for those students interested in science and epidemiology.
Engrossing true stories of the pioneers of epidemiology who risked their lives to find the source of deadly diseases.
Throughout history, more people have died in disease epidemics than in wars or other disasters. The courageous, trail-blazing defenders against these diseases faced a terrifying personal gamble. Often they were ignored, laughed at, or even fired from their jobs. But they kept hunting for answers, putting the pieces of the epidemic puzzle together.
As they looked for clues to the origin of a disease, scientists searched for the unknown “patient zero”—the first person to have contracted it. In nineteenth-century London, Dr. John Snow’s mapping of an epidemic found that patient zero was a six-month-old baby, whose cholera-laden diarrhea had contaminated the water of a local pump. It led to the death of 10,000 inhabitants exposed to the dirty water.
Patient Zero brilliantly brings to life the main characters and events to tell the gripping tale of how each of seven diseases spread.
• The Great Plague, 1665
• The Soho Outbreak,1854
• Yellow Fever in Cuba, 1900
• Typhoid in New York City, 1906
• Spanish Influenza, 1918-1919
• Ebola in Zaire, 1976
• AIDS in the U.S., 1980.
The result is spine-chilling as Peters follows the scientists who solved the intricate mystery of the killer epidemics. Patient Zero reminds us that millions of people owe their lives to the work of these pioneer epidemiologists, work that continues to this day.
“The book reads like a thriller, with gripping accounts of how these diseases affected people.”
—School Library Journal, 08/14
“ … the mysterious nature of unexplained epidemics is perfectly captured …”
About the Patient Zero Pdf Free Download Author
Marilee Peters is a former librarian who over the years has written about politics, theater, the environment, parenting, farming, and health, among other topics. This is her first book for children. She lives with her family in Vancouver, BC.