bookreview - Kimbra Ussery ENGL 1101 11/11/2011 An Eight...

Info iconThis preview shows pages 1–2. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Kimbra Ussery ENGL 1101 11/11/2011 An Eight Bucks Well Spent… NOT! Smallpox is a contagious and deadly disease caused by the variola virus. It is believed to have been in existence for thousands of years. Few other illnesses have had such a devastating effect on human health and history. There is also no treatment or cure for this epidemic; the only prevention is vaccination. Naturally occurring smallpox was eradicated worldwide by 1980; however, interest in the disease remains high because stocks of smallpox virus, kept for research purposes, are stored in two high-security labs — one in the United States and one in Siberia. In addition, it's suspected that other governments or entities may hold stockpiles of the virus. This has led to concerns that smallpox may be used as a biological warfare agent. Apparently books about the disease have become very popular. Other similar books are Angel of Death: The Story of Smallpox , Scourge: The Once and Future Threat of Smallpox , Rotting Face: Smallpox and the American Indian , and House on Fire: The Fight to Eradicate Smallpox . For my English class, I was recently assigned Demon in the Freezer to study. This book travels across time and follows the story of the smallpox disease. It touches on every
Background image of page 1

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon
Image of page 2
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

Page1 / 2

bookreview - Kimbra Ussery ENGL 1101 11/11/2011 An Eight...

This preview shows document pages 1 - 2. Sign up to view the full document.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Ask a homework question - tutors are online