Get Well Soon (2017) Jennifer Wright

Get Well Soon (2017) Jennifer Wright


The subtitle is: History’s Worst Plagues and the Heroes Who Fought Them. This is one of my favorite non-fiction books.   Jennifer Wright not only reviews the major diseases of history, their biologic basis, symptoms and the treatments but also goes into the politics and villains. In her review of tuberculosis she delves into the inaccurate portrayals of the victims in literature. Throughout she has a delightful sense of humor. For instance, she recommends insulting people by calling them ‘Walter Freeman” the monster who popularized lobotomies. A perfectly delightful book, full of a lot of great, gruesome details.

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