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Kimbra Ussery ENGL 1101 11/14/2011 An Eight Bucks Well Spent… NOT! THE DEMON IN THE FREEZER By Richard Preston 292 pp. The Random House Publishing Group By Kimbra Ussery Imagine this. You are headed home for a boring weekend at your parents’ house. You have eight dollars to buy something to keep you entertained for the entire weekend so you are checking out the Books-A-Million for something cheap to read. Based on the description on the back cover The Demon in the Freezer , which is about smallpox, sounds like something you might enjoy. Smallpox is a contagious and deadly disease caused by the variola virus and 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 consist of Angel of Death: The Story of Smallpox , Scourge: The Once and Future
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This note was uploaded on 04/03/2012 for the course ENGL 1101 taught by Professor Barlow during the Spring '08 term at Georgia Southern University .

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