October 21, 2008 9:41 PM

Earth Abides by George Stewart

Read a Book.
Read a book not required for an assignment!

I've been working down this optional reading list for Public Health Microbiology.

The Andromeda Strain
Fever, The Hunt for a New Killer Virus
Microbes and Morals
Rats, Lice and History
Magic Mountain
Earth Abides

I just finished Earth Abides. It's a futuristic novel of a ravaged earth, where author George Stewart makes a social statement about association of disease with the selfishness of mankind, its need for companionship, and its ability to survive. A pandemic infectious disease eradicates the world of mankind. Only a few are left, and even in that few, many die through non-infectious diseases.The knowledge or mis-knowledge of certain diseases caused people to accept and dismiss certain people. Mental diseases are viewed as genetic and sexually transmitted diseases as the end of the line. It was first published in 1949 and thus strongly reflects the opinions of the time. But... more importantly, you can observe the influence of diseases on humans. Try reading it. =)

Yes, I'm recommending that you read a book outside of your class. You'll never regret reading, but you'll never miss what you never experience.

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