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Author Schwartz, Maxime.
Title How the Cows Turned Mad : Unlocking the Mysteries of Mad Cow Disease.
Imprint Berkeley : University of California Press, 2004.

Author Schwartz, Maxime.
Subject Prion diseases -- History.
Prion Diseases -- history.
Prion Diseases -- history.
Description 1 online resource (260 pages)
Contents Cover; title; copyright; contents; foreword to the paperback edition; prologue; 1: the sheep are strangely dizzy; 2: molecules and microbes; 3: mad dogs and earthworms; 4: scrapie under the microscope; 5: creutzfelot, jakob, and others; 6: scrapie is inoculable; 7: and goats, and mice; 8: scrapie is contagious; 9: kuru and the fore people of papua new guinea; 10: the wall comes down; 11: from pearl necklace to double helix; 12: the phantom virus; 13: a tragedy in the making; 14: one case per million; 15: prions; 16: april 1985; 17: the "kiss of death"; 18: the return of the spontaneists.
19: to growand to die20: lessons learned; 21: have the cows gone mad?; 22: from cows to humans; 23: from cows to sheep? from humans to humans?; 24: the secret in the closet; 25: unmasking "the disease"; 26: have we conquered "the disease"?; 27: 2001; epilogue; notes; bibliography; chronology; acknowledgments; index.
Summary Originally published to much acclaim in France, this scientific thriller, updated with a foreword by best-selling author Marion Nestle, tells of the hunt for the cause of an enigmatic class of fatal brain infections, of which mad cow disease is the latest incarnation. In gripping, nontechnical prose, Maxime Schwartz details the deadly manifestations of these diseases throughout history, describes the major players and events that led to discoveries about their true nature, and outlines our current state of knowledge. The book concludes by addressing the question we all want answered: should we.
Note Print version record.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN 9780520931510 (electronic bk.)
0520931513 (electronic bk.)
0520243374 (pbk. ; alk. paper)
OCLC # 609849990
Additional Format Print version: 9780520243378

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