How the Cows Turned Mad by Maxime Schwartz
Look inside with Google Book Preview
How the Cows Turned Mad
By Maxime Schwartz

How the Cows Turned Mad

Unlocking the Mysteries of Mad Cow Disease

By (author) See other recent books by Maxime Schwartz
Translated by Edward Schneider See other recent books by Edward Schneider
Foreword by Marion Nestle See other recent books by Marion Nestle
Format: Paperback

Normal Price: $47.95
Your Price: $43.16 AUD, inc. GST
Shipping: $7.95 per order
You Save: $4.80! (10% off normal price)
Plus...earn $2.16 in Boomerang Bucks
Availability: Available Available to Backorder, No Due Date for Supply

How the Cows Turned Mad by Maxime Schwartz

Book Description

Fear of mad cow disease, a lethal illness transmitted from infected beef to humans, has spread from Europe to the United States and around the world. Originally published to much acclaim in France, this scientific thriller, available in English for the first time and updated with a new chapter on developments in 2001, 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 be afraid? The story begins in the eighteenth century with the identification of a mysterious illness called scrapie that was killing British sheep. It was not until the 1960s that scientists understood that several animal and human diseases, including scrapie, were identical, and together identified them as transmissible spongiform encephalopathy (TSE). The various guises assumed throughout history by TSE include an illness called kuru in a cannibalistic tribe in Papua New Guinea, an infectious disease that killed a group of children who had been treated for growth hormone deficiencies, and mad cow disease. Revealing the fascinating process of scientific discovery that led to our knowledge of TSE, Schwartz relates pivotal events in the history of biology, including the Pasteurian revolution, the birth of genetics, the emergence of molecular biology, and the latest developments in biotechnology. He also explains the Nobel Prize-winning prion hypothesis, which has rewritten the rules of biological heredity and is a key link between the distinctive diseases of TSE. Up-to-date, informative, and thoroughly captivating, How the Cows Turned Mad tells the story of a disease that continues to elude on many levels. Yet science has come far in understanding its origins, incubation, and transmission. This authoritative book is a stunning case history that illuminates the remarkable progression of science.

Buy How the Cows Turned Mad book by Maxime Schwartz from Australia's Online Bookstore, Boomerang Books.

Book Details

ISBN: 9780520243378
ISBN-10: 0520243374
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 16mm)
Pages: 256
Imprint: University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 13-Sep-2004
Country of Publication: United States

Other Editions...


» Have you read this book? We'd like to know what you think about it - write a review about How the Cows Turned Mad book by Maxime Schwartz and you'll earn 50c in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars (you must be a member - it's free to sign up!)

Write a book review

Author Biography - Maxime Schwartz

Maxime Schwartz, a molecular biologist, is Professor at the Institut Pasteur in Paris, which he headed from 1988 to 1999. He is also Director of Research at the Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS) and is currently serving as Director of Laboratories of the French agency for food safety (AFSSA). He is the author of many scientific papers and Pasteur, des microbes au vaccin (1999, with Annick Perrot).

Boomerang Bucks close

For every $20 you spend on books, you will receive $1 in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars. You can use your Boomerang Bucks as a credit towards a future purchase from Boomerang Books. Note that you must be a Member (free to sign up) and that conditions do apply.

Recent books by Maxime Schwartz close
Recent books by Edward Schneider close
Operas of Giuseppe Verdi by Edward Schneider
History of Terrorism by Edward Schneider
How the Cows Turned Mad by Edward Schneider
Keys to French Opera in the Nineteenth Century by Edward Schneider
Recent books by Marion Nestle close
Food City by Marion Nestle
Soda Politics by Marion Nestle
Breadlines Knee Deep in Wheat by Marion Nestle
Why Calories Count by Marion Nestle
Food Politics by Marion Nestle
101 Classic Cookbooks by Marion Nestle
Pet Food Politics by Marion Nestle
Safe Food by Marion Nestle
Food and Everyday Life in the Postsocialist World by Marion Nestle
What to Eat by Marion Nestle
How the Cows Turned Mad by Marion Nestle
» close