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Get Well Soon: History's Worst Plagues and the Heroes Who Fought Them | Jennifer Wright
A witty, irreverent tour of history's worst plaguesfrom the Antonine Plague, to leprosy, to polioand a celebration of the heroes who fought them In 1518, in a small town in Alsace, Frau Troffea began dancing and didnt stop. She danced until she was carried away six days later, and soon thirty-four more villagers joined her. Then more. In a month more than 400 people had been stricken by the mysterious dancing plague. In late-seventeenth-century England an eccentric gentleman founded the No Nose Club in his gracious townhomea social club for those who had lost their noses, and other body parts, to the plague of syphilis for which there was then no cure. And in turn-of-the-century New York, an Irish cook caused two lethal outbreaks of typhoid fever, a case that transformed her into the notorious Typhoid Mary. Throughout time, humans have been terrified and fascinated by the diseases history and circumstance have dropped on them. Some of their responses to those outbreaks are almost too strange to believe in hindsight. Get Well Soon delivers the gruesome, morbid details of some of the worst plagues weve suffered as a species, as well as stories of the heroic figures who selflessly fought to ease the suffering of their fellow man. With her signature mix of in-depth research and storytelling, and not a little dark humor, Jennifer Wright explores historys most gripping and deadly outbreaks, and ultimately looks at the surprising ways theyve shaped history and humanity for almost as long as anyone can remember.
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StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego
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An excellent read about various plagues throughout history. I love when an author is not only smart and informative, but also funny. I need to get a physical copy so I have something to reference, there are so many events & people in this book that I want to learn more about.

vivastory Your posts & @readordierachel posts have made me move this up my TBR. It sounds fascinating!! 3d
readordierachel I'm with you about wanting a physical copy to reference! 3d
readordierachel And I think you will really enjoy this @vivastory 👍🏼 3d
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readordierachel

"Diseases don‘t ruin lives just because they rot off noses. They destroy people if the rest of society isolates them and treats them as undeserving of help and respect."

THIS. There is so much stigma surrounding STIs. This particular quote is about syphilis (obviously). Contracting a disease is not a reflection of your morality or value. People with illnesses need compassion and access to treatment, not judgements.

Tanisha_A Word. 5d
batsy So much this! 5d
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readordierachel
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Apparently, people thought applying human excrement to the patient could help cure the black plague 😱
Also, how terrifying were those plague doctor outfits?

I was feeling so smug about not getting sick over the holidays, but it took me down this weekend 🤧
Seemed like a good time to start the tagged book, so I've been doing some light #audiocleaning and thanking my lucky stars I wasn't born in the 14th century.

Aimeesue Such a good book! 1w
britt_brooke Yikes!! And, hope you feel better soon! 1w
merelybookish Gross! Creepy! Healing vibes!! 1w
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Jas16 Hope you get well soon 💐 1w
Suet624 Oh no! I hope you feel better soon. 1w
GingerAntics GROSS!!! I would have that that would have been obvious. Is it a modern notion that the body didn‘t want that the first time, why put it back in?! 1w
Crazeedi Get well soon!! 1w
Crazeedi @GingerAntics some cultures drink their urine for benefits they think it gives 1w
GingerAntics Again, your body didn‘t want it the first time, why put it back in? I know in survival situations, if you‘re well hydrated you can drink your urine since it‘s mostly water, but it‘s got to be really light yellow (straw colored or lighter) or clear. If you‘re diabetic, you can‘t do it ever. 1w
Tanisha_A Good God! 😱 1w
Tanisha_A Feel better soon! ❤️ 1w
Reggie Oh, no!!!! Feel better soon!! 1w
Cathythoughts I hope you feel better ❤️ 1w
Centique Get well! 💕 1w
batsy I hope you're on the mend soon 💜 1w
BiblioLitten I have a nasty cold too! Get well soon💕 This passage reminds me of another book I read 1w
readordierachel @Aimeesue It's fascinating! 1w
readordierachel @britt_brooke @merelybookish @Jas16 @Suet624 @Crazeedi @Tanisha_A @Reggie @Cathythoughts @Centique @batsy Thank you for all the well wishes 😘❤ I'm feeling a bit better today. The healing power of litsy! 1w
readordierachel @BiblioLitten oh no! I'm sorry you're sick! Hope you're feeling better soon ❤. Thank you for reminding me of that book! I really want to read it. 1w
readordierachel @GingerAntics @Crazeedi In this context, it was applying the excrement to open sores, as a poultice, rather than ingesting it. It makes me wonder what things we're doing in health care now that will be considered ridiculously backward in the future. 1w
GingerAntics *shudder* I almost don‘t even want to know. I hope it‘s weight loss surgeries and boob jobs, but that‘s just me. Basically all unnecessary plastic surgery. I get for burn victims or really bad nose breaks and things like that, but the elective crap is what I‘m hoping is seen as quackery in 100+ years. 1w
tpixie @readordierachel glad you‘re feeling better! Yes wonder what our quackery treatments will be! As we look back! 1w
readordierachel @tpixie Thank you! 7d
UwannaPublishme Oh my! That‘s quite a read. 😆 Glad you‘re feeling better. 🤗❤️ 7d
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Jadams1776
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Is it weird to love a book about plagues? Because I love this book about plagues! Wright‘s wit makes a harsh subject interesting and entertaining. 11/15 #Jumpstart2020 #WinterBookBingo - “Book with a Green cover”. #Nonfiction2020 - “About Health/Healthcare” #Booked2020 - “Book showing a hat or head covering” #LitsyAtoZ2020 #G

BarbaraTheBibliophage Great job—I need to listen to this one! 2w
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Great job, and @BarbaraTheBibliophage it does sound good! 2w
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Riveted_Reader_Melissa Pretty sure it‘s in the current Audible sale. 2w
Cinfhen Cool!!! I‘ve already stacked this book 😉glad it was both fascinating and entertaining 🎉 2w
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This is a great book. Wright has so many wonderfully hilarious, snarky, relatable asides.

"When we are electing government officials, it is not stupid to ask yourself, “If a plague broke out, do I think this person could navigate the country through those times, on a spiritual level, but also on a pragmatic one? Would they be able to calmly solve one problem, and then another one, and then the next one? Or would bodies pile up in the streets?"

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#nonfiction2019 "something with law or medicine"
This book had a little of everything, literally. This was an interesting listen on Audible, however I was not a fan of the author's use of "sophomoric humor." I would have preferred more facts and less commentary. I'm going to look for more books on some of these topics, any ideas?

Riveted_Reader_Melissa An interesting one from yet another odd point of view... that of a cook... 7mo
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Daisey
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I thoroughly enjoy Jennifer Wright's style of writing about horrible historical events with humor. I also appreciate how she delivers an overall message of tolerance and compassion while describing gruesome medical practices. This book focuses on several plagues from ancient times through the twentieth century, as well as how they were dealt with and treated.

#nonfiction #audiobook

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Daisey
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I enjoyed the first audiobook I listened to by Jennifer Wright, and I‘ve seen many positive reviews of this one. I downloaded it to start listening to during my walks this weekend. So far it‘s full of interesting information and the snarky humor works perfectly.

#nonfiction #audiobook

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KrystleTheBookSlayer
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@howjessreads I hope your surgery goes well and that you have a quick recovery! This #selfie is from early last month. #Friyayintro #getwellsoon 🎈 💐❤💜💚💙

howjessreads 👋🏻🌺 11mo
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TheReadingMermaid
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Just when you think a person can't get any sweeter, you get a card from them in the mail and it just lifts your spirits!!!
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks thank you so much Misty. The card was so sweet and thoughtful and I appreciate it very very much. 💕💖🤗💖💕

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I‘m happy it lifted your spirits!! Sending lots of love and a mermaid card today 🧜‍♀️ Those cards are especially for you 💗💗💗 11mo
wordzie 🙌 😎❤ 11mo
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RamsFan1963
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Ever ignorant member of the anti-vacc movement should be made to read this book, so they could see what a germ ridden, plague infested world it would be without vaccines and medical science. At times this book is horrifying in its depiction of man's stupidity in the face of plagues, but the author's snarky narrative kept it from becoming too unbearably morbid or gruesome. 4 💥💥💥💥 1/2 out of 5

Weaponxgirl I loved this book! I saw someone on social media say we should stop calling it anti vax and start calling it pro plague. 11mo
CoffeeK8 I loved this book! It was fascinating! 11mo
Crazeedi Definitely want to read 11mo
hhavel I am in total agreement with the need for most of us to use vaccination to prevent disease and the horrible effects of plagues on impacted populations. But I also agree that people should have a choice whether or not to use vaccines. A balance has to be struck, as usual. But I will definitely try to pick up this book. Thanks for the recommendation. 11mo
RamsFan1963 @hhavel Yes it's a very tricky issue. I'm pro-vax and if I had children I would get them immunized. Who's rights are more important to the community becomes the issue. Is the privacy and freedom of choice for the anti-vax parent more important than the health and safety of the children who have been vaccinated? I wouldn't want to endanger my child in a classroom with a child or children who could be carrying a disease. 11mo
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Aimeesue
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Opthamology appointment earlier. Eyes dilated. This is what the world STILL looks like 4 hours later. Aaaaah! I wanted to read about polio,

wanderinglynn Oh no! I hope your eyes un-dilate soon! (edited) 12mo
TiredLibrarian @Aimeesue I hate that forced downtime after having my pupils dilated! 12mo
Weaponxgirl Ahh nooo, hope it‘s better soon 12mo
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Aimeesue @wanderinglynn @TiredLibrarian @weaponxgirl Thanks! It sucks, but it‘s mostly worn off now. And I‘ve read all about polio! 12mo
Weaponxgirl @Aimeesue I found that chapter super inspirational 😊 glad your feeling better 12mo
Aimeesue @Weaponxgirl I know, right? Jonas Salk, SuperGuy! I‘m glad you read it and posted it here, so that I could see it (hahaha) and read it. It really was fab. 12mo
Weaponxgirl @Aimeesue I‘m just glad this community is here to connect with others who will appreciate these things and share them with. Kinda hard in the real world to find people who want to talk about plagues. Especially whilst I‘m going no this book is really funny yet serious at the same time 12mo
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rjsthumbelina
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The sarcasm from this author shouldn't have worked so well in talking about this subject matter. But it totally did. It was fantastic, especially after I adjusted to the way the author used sarcasm to cut through some very serious and sad discussions. I learned a ton from reading it, too. Did you know Typhoid Mary spent the majority of her life basically in prison, even though she had committed no crimes and showed no symptoms of being sick?

rjsthumbelina Listened to the #audiobook via #audible. Highly enjoyed, and will have to see if the author has other books! 13mo
rjsthumbelina Also,this book fit 5 of the #nonfiction2019 #nonfictionbingo prompts! It fits for something with history, saw it on Litsy, something with a death, written by a woman, and something with science! @Riveted_Reader_Melissa 13mo
Weaponxgirl I‘m so glad you liked it! I loved this book so much 12mo
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa @rjsthumbelina And you can put it in whichever one works best for you. 12mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @rjsthumbelina And yes! I read Typhoid Mary by Anthony Bourdain last year and it was great, he being a chef really looked at it from her point of view, such a sad story but very interesting. I totally recommend it if you are interested. 12mo
rjsthumbelina @Riveted_Reader_Melissa I have it plugged in all for now so I can fill in the ones I read more of (like probably science and written by a woman will be easy for me to fill in again) so that it will ultimately be used for the one of them that's hardest for me to fill. And I am definitely interested in the Bourdain book! I thought the Typhoid chapter was one of the most interesting ones 😁 12mo
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Aimeesue
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😂😂😂

Weaponxgirl Yeeessss! This is the line I‘m keep using on my friends to convince them to read it! 😂😂 12mo
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Aimeesue
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Yessssss! And also:😂

Weaponxgirl Yes, this chapter was awesome! Im so excited to see what else you highlight! 13mo
Aimeesue @Weaponxgirl I may just highlight the whole book. 😂 13mo
Weaponxgirl @Aimeesue have you got to the line about the yard sale yet? I died 😂 13mo
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Aimeesue
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Enjoying this one, if that‘s the right word. Not for the squeamish - there‘s an awful lot of fever, diarrhea, rashes, and vomiting up of scabs (!!!) and that‘s just in the first chapter. I‘m particularly enjoying Wright‘s tone, which is darkly comic, though I suspect it won‘t work for everyone. Thanks to @Weaponxgirl for the rec!

readordierachel Good to know. I have this one in my audio tbr. I will be prepared for the gross. 13mo
Weaponxgirl So it is gross! 😂 hope you love it as much as I did 13mo
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Weaponxgirl
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Back on the reading train thanks to this beauty. This is just the sort of book I love, informative, empathetic to the victims of plagues and how they were treated and so much funnier than it has any right to be. I loved that people were centred in this, this isn‘t dry facts she relates it to the heroes, victims and villains.
Also a picture of a old wood carving showing a baby Jesus shooting syphalis rays at sinners cracked me up

Weaponxgirl Disclaimer I work in care and my best friend is a nurse. I also have quite a dark sense of humour as otherwise I‘d be an emotional wreck if I didn‘t laugh about awful things. I have no idea if this book is really gross for ordinary polite society as I‘ve seen mentioned in other online reviews. 13mo
squirrelbrain Love your disclaimer! 😬 13mo
Weaponxgirl @squirrelbrain thanks, I only realised recently when I was telling my friend a funny story from work how most people don‘t laugh on a daily basis about bodily fluids when her partner was just sat there going I‘m still not used to these conversations. If I say I had a shit night I‘m probably being literal 😂 I felt the disclaimer was necessary. 13mo
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Aimeesue Aaaaargh! Another book I saw on Litsy and HAD to buy! 😂😂😂 13mo
Weaponxgirl @Aimeesue I hope you love it as much as I did! 13mo
squirrelbrain Eeeew! Yeah, don‘t tell me any of those stories please! 😂 13mo
Weaponxgirl @squirrelbrain I promise to try to keep them to myself 😉😋 13mo
Aimeesue @Weaponxgirl My husband does Chemical, Nuclear, and Biological defense for the DoD - we have dinner discussions about smallpox, anthrax, and nuclear fallout. I think it‘ll be a hit in our house! 😂 13mo
Weaponxgirl @Aimeesue I would love that! As long as your happy with me getting very tipsy I‘m an excellent houseguest who would love joining in with those conversations 13mo
Aimeesue @Weaponxgirl You‘ll just LOVE hearing his tale of going to Japan with the CDC and tromping around Fukushima, I‘m sure. 😂😂😂 (edited) 13mo
Weaponxgirl @Aimeesue yup, that sounds like my kinda thing! 13mo
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Kaye
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Dear George, so sorry you‘re feeling ILL
Get lots of rest and take your pills
I hope you brought a book to read
A short rest and good care is what you need
Soon you‘ll be as good as new
You‘ll be back home with more stuff to do
That shiny new toaster is waiting for you
We all have fingers crossed ( and our eyes 👁👁 , too )
That you‘ll soon be better and back to being YOU.

GET WELL SOON 📒💜📕💙📗🧡📘💛📙

@Trashcanman

JoScho Love everything about this and sending our dear friend George love and hoping he feels better soon @Trashcanman 1y
AmyG Get well soon, George. I have had diverticulitis and it is just awful. Sending good vibes to you for a very speedy recovery. Can you toast fiber? 1y
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Kaye @AmyG There‘s some brand of bread that has high fiber , but I forget what it‘s called . It‘s got enough “ roughage” in it that you could use it to sandpaper a hole in concrete so that‘d work in a toaster. 1y
Bklover George, I hope you feel better! Much love to you! @kaye I love your poem! @Trashcanman 1y
AmyG Ha! He‘ll need that. That‘s what they told me....lots of fiber to keep me moovin‘ and groovin‘. 1y
Kaye @Bklover Thanks ♥️ (edited) 1y
Kaye @AmyG Either movin and groovin or Tootin and Scootin 😮 1y
AmyG Ha! 1y
Stacy_31 @AmyG @kaye We have that bread at home! 😂😂. As soon as he's cleared for high fiber foods, I'll be sure to toast some. 😉 1y
Trashcanman This is absolutely amazing and a beautiful poem. Thank you so much Julie and for the two books you gifted via Kindle. So kind. I'm still here at the hospital, will be staying overnight again. Should be released tomorrow. I hope. ❤️❤️👁️👁️ 1y
Trashcanman @Craftylikefox ❤️👁️👁️🤗 1y
Trashcanman @JoScho thank you Jody ❤️😊🤗 1y
Trashcanman @AmyG thanks Amy lol ❤️😊🤗 1y
Trashcanman @Bklover thank you Missy ❤️😊👁️👁️ 1y
Kaye Keeping fingers crossed that you‘re feeling better today and they give you the ok to come home. Take care of yourself. ♥️ 1y
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Califlamingo
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This was a fascinating book. It really appealed to my inner Morbid Medical Nerd. It made me cringe, laugh, and maybe gag once. The chapter on lobotomies was my favorite. The narrator was great. I'll probably read this again.

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DGRachel
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Blergh. This book is not for the faint of heart or queasy of stomach. Some of the info was fascinating and the author made some jokes to lighten the mood that were really funny. What makes this a so-so for me is that she also lectured the reader in a way I found demeaning. While I don‘t disagree with her “don‘t be a dick” stance, I wish we‘d had more history and less proselytizing. I also didn‘t care for the narrator.

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DGRachel
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Started this audiobook today to fill the microhistory category on #PopSugar2018. I‘m not sure if I‘m going to be able to finish it. It‘s making me queasy. 🤢😂

4thhouseontheleft I can‘t read books about deadly viruses and plagues. 🤢😷 I read At Home by Bill Bryson for this prompt. 1y
Caterina That's a shame, I loved this audiobook! She had a great balance of talking about the plagues in an empathetic way and what learning about these historic plagues tells us about today and how we should live. 1y
DGRachel @4thhouseontheleft It probably wasn‘t a great choice for me as I‘m sure by the end of the 8 hours I‘m going to be convinced that I‘ve contracted some hideous, deadly disease. 🤣🤣 #hypochondriac 1y
DGRachel @Caterina I‘m just sensitive to gory details about bodily (dys)functions. I‘m going to try to power through, because it seems interesting, but nearly losing my breakfast while driving in just the first half hour of the audiobook does not bode well. 😂😂 1y
CoffeeK8 I loved this book, but yes the ick factor is really high! 1y
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BookHermit
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No, it‘s not ok. I was really enjoying learning about the history of plagues 😠

BekahB Oh, I loved her book It Ended Badly! 2y
sisilia I hate it when it expires WHILE I‘m reading... and then I have to wait for ageeeeessss to get it back 🙄 2y
Eyelit I hate when that happens! 2y
BookHermit @sisilia @eyelit Cruel, isn‘t it? (edited) 2y
BookHermit @BekahB That‘s on my TBR too 2y
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mrozzz
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WOW. So entertaining & informative. I learned much about ineffective "cures" of the times and how in the time of the Spanish flu & the beginning of the AIDS epidemic, national morale was seen as a priority despite high fatality rates and many lies were spread by the media. It was sickening to read but Jennifer Wright has a fabulous sense of humor, frequently inserting modern asides + oodles of sarcasm to make worrisome statistics go down easier.

Jabberwocky Ooooh normally large scale plagues/ illnesses freak me out but this sounds good!! 2y
CoffeeK8 This book was so amazing, great review! 2y
mrozzz No it‘s so funny! @Jabberwocky I feel weird saying that about diseases like smallpox wiping out Native American populations and leprosy and polio etc.— but the author definitely wrote it such a way that makes it more than tolerable reading about horrific illness 2y
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mrozzz @CoffeeK8 Yes! Thanks! I can‘t believe how good it was. I picked it up from Audible on a whim because it was only a few bucks and I‘m so happy I did! Going to tell anyone who will listen that they should read it too 😃 (edited) 2y
Daisey I really enjoyed another of her books and need to make time for this one since it sounds even better! 2y
mrozzz It was fabulous. @Daisey the audiobook was awesome especially because of how dry the performance is. 2y
CoffeeK8 @mrozzz I bought it the same way, and was so pleasantly surprised by how good it was 2y
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mrozzz
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“Percy Shelley claimed that Poet John Keats contracted the disease [TB] because the savage criticism of his poem produced a violent effect on his susceptible mind- the agitation ruptured a blood vessel in the lungs.

You can be upset but I don‘t think you can die from a bad review. This is the only time I‘ve seen literary critics called actual murders. But Shelley said it, so think about the power you wield the next time you log on to Goodreads.”

Reggie Amen. 2y
mrozzz Such a surprisingly funny read. @Reggie 2y
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AshleyC816
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This was an entertaining book about horrible diseases! I really enjoyed the humor she brought to the book!

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tracy_anne8
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If you like plagues, medical heroes, wit and humor, I would highly recommend this book. It is now one of my favorite nonfictions. #plagues #medical #history #historicalnonfiction #audiobook #audible

tracyrowanreads I loved it way more than I expected. 2y
tracy_anne8 @tracyrowanreads I think her style of writing was perfect for a topic like this. She kept it real and entertaining. 2y
tracyrowanreads @tracy_anne8 Have you read It Ended Badly? Also gruesome and hilarious. 2y
tracy_anne8 @tracyrowanreads Not yet. I just found yesterday. It might be my next audiobook though. 2y
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Lea
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This was a great book!! I was a little worried about my anxiety brain freaking out but it didn‘t. It‘s got some detailed descriptions if that makes you squeamish. The narrator is awesome and totally nailed the wittiness of the author. It‘s funny and entertaining, definitely recommend. #readwomen

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CoffeeK8
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Almost halfway though #nonfiction2018

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Looks great!! 2y
SledgeReader @CoffeeK8 Is it okay for me to jump in at the midpoint? 2y
CoffeeK8 @SledgeReader absolutely! @Riveted_Reader_Melissa is organizing it. The idea is to read at least 1 non-fiction book of your choice each month to increase the number of non-fiction you read each year 2y
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SledgeReader @CoffeeK8 @Riveted_Reader_Melissa Great! I‘m guessing this is an annual challenge? 2y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @SledgeReader Yes it is, I carried it over from last year. Please feel free to jump in at anytime. 2y
SledgeReader @Riveted_Reader_Melissa Thanks! I‘ll try to make up a little ground. 🙃 2y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @SledgeReader Just aim for at least 1 nonfiction each month and you‘ll be fine. Variety keeps it fresh! 👍 2y
SledgeReader @Riveted_Reader_Melissa Great advice and just the permission I needed. 2y
CoffeeK8 @SledgeReader @Riveted_Reader_Melissa yes, jump in now... it‘s always fun to have another excuse to read a good book 2y
Weaponxgirl I may jump in aswell then if that's ok too? Love some non fiction. Get well soon looks amazing! I can't find it on any of my free book avenues unfortunately 2y
CoffeeK8 @Weaponxgirl go for it, this is a fun challenge! You just need to pick any non-fiction book and enjoy 2y
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CoffeeK8
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This book was fascinating, hopeful, a little terrifying and full of lots of medical history that was completely new to me. The narrator was wonderful and really got the voice of the author.

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SarahSaysRead
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Who would've thought a book about plagues would be such a fun listen? The author has a wicked dry wit, which communicated very well with this narrator.

Not sure if I'll count this as my "book about nature" for #ReadHarder, it was maybe more history. ??‍????

#audiobook #science #nonfiction #goodnarrator #history #medicine

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tracyrowanreads
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I wasn‘t sure what to expect from this book. I sure didn‘t expect the kind of humor that had me laughing out loud over descriptions of plagues and diseases. But please don‘t think Wright makes light of suffering; that‘s the last thing she would do. Rather, she shows us how kindness can make a difference to people suffering from illness.

https://tracyrowanwrites.wordpress.com

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tracyrowanreads
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There are a lot of groupings I could put together for various reasons, but here's one that might excite some good conversation.

1. Virginia Woolf
2. Aphra Behn
3. Mary Wollstonecraft, and her daughter,
4. Mary W. Shelley
5. Maya Angelou
6. Toni Morrison
7. Jane Austen
8. Charlotte Perkins Gilman

I could probably do a table for 20, no problem, but this will do for a start.

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tracyrowanreads
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I can't stop listening to this book! It's wonderful.

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CoffeeK8
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Grand Fundo Race going past my house again. Plus an #audiowalk

eanderson That‘s cool! 2y
JoScho Are you in the mountains of NC? 2y
Kaye How pretty it is there, even with the rainy ? weather. Beautiful. 2y
CoffeeK8 @JoScho no, in Rockland north of NYC, but it totally looks like it. 2y
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SarahSaysRead
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"I like selfies. I think they‘re fun. I like seeing pictures of my friends‘ smiling faces. I like how alive they all are."

There are worse things than selfies. Like plagues! ??☠?

#currentlyreading #plagues #boutofbooks #insixwords #intro

Alfoster 😍😍👏👏👏! 2y
ReviewsMayVary Yes. Plagues are bad. 2y
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leahbird
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This informative and humorous pop history covers: the antonine plague, bubonic plague, dancing plague, smallpox, syphilis, tuberculosis, cholera, leprosy, typhoid, Spanish flu, encephalitis lethargica, lobotomies, and polio. But what it REALLY covers are the heros- leaders, scientists, common people- who got us through the plagues. And a couple examples of what NOT to do.

Some of her jokes aren't actually funny but I appreciated the levity.

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CoffeeK8
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The imagery in this book is 😂

julesG Will people, who don't follow Got in any way, get this reference? Anyw9, I've stacked it. 2y
Crazeedi Adding! 2y
CoffeeK8 @julesG probably not, but the rest of the quote actually goes on to say something like “from the hugely popular tv show GOT” so at least people know what it references (edited) 2y
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Kelly
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Current audiobook. The writing is hilarious... for a book about deadly plagues. But the reader leaves something to be desired.

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leahbird
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There's so much interesting stuff in this book but the most uncomfortable so far is the link between those joke glasses with the fake nose and a prosthetic worn by syphilitics whose noses had rotted off. 😮

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jdtchicago

If you have to choose between living in an isolated, uncaring community with plentiful penicillin or a very warm and loving world without drugs, team up with the guys with penicillin. It‘s a lot easier to make people nicer than it is to develop medicine.

JoRead Honestly, I don't know about that 😅😄 2y
fionaanne Its a lot easier to be nice if you're not sick all the time. Maslow's hierarchy tells us that. 2y
Suet624 @JoRead I‘m with you. 2y
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jdtchicago

the bubonic plague never went away entirely. It still exists today. The World Health Organization reports that in 2013 there were 783 cases worldwide; 126 people died.

Andrew65 Frightening! 2y
Leftcoastzen Out in Az plague is often found in some smaller desert mammals , those that prey on them , and fleas. 2y
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jdtchicago

It is telling that, historically, quarantines extended primarily to those who had less wealth, power, and social clout.

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jdtchicago

If you believe the many biographies of great men and women, none of them ever had syphilis. Which would be a remarkable stroke of luck on their part. Since its discovery in Barcelona in 1493—supposedly brought back from the New World—the sexually transmitted disease just mowed down Europeans. Its effects were so devastating that some regard it as an equal trade for the measles and the smallpox Europeans exported to the Americas.

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jdtchicago

Whenever someone begins pompously complaining that civilization is on a downhill slide, because people participate in harmless behaviors like taking selfies or watching reality television, a good response is to stare at them and respond, “You know, we used to burn people for being witches. That‘s what people used to do in their spare time.

JessNevertheless 😂😂 This is why I loved this book! 2y
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jdtchicago

Ask the Aztecs and the Incas whether or not they would have liked to have access to vaccines. Oh, wait, you can't. They're dead. Vaccination is one of the best things that has happened to civilization. Empires toppled like sandcastles in the wake of diseases we do not give a second thought to today. If taking a moment to elaborate on that point will make this book unpopular with a large group of antivaxxers...this feels like a good hill to die on.

Anna40 I fully agree! 2y
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jdtchicago

I realize that “Do No Harm” is the first rule of medicine, but “Don‘t apply human shit to an open wound” seems like a good second one.

Suet624 😂😂😂 2y
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jdtchicago

Pretending any historical age before proper indoor plumbing was a glorious epoch is a ludicrous delusion.

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jdtchicago

Parents refusing to vaccinate their children are doing something akin to allowing their kids to run about in traffic because they are irrationally afraid of sidewalks or they believe being struck by an oncoming car might be good in the long run.

knp4597 PREACH 🙌 2y
CouronneDhiver 😂 Well, no doubt how this author feels about the issue... 2y
CarolynM Great analogy. I'm going to use it. 2y
Weaponxgirl Say it loud so they can hear in the back! 2y
SleepyDragon Perfect analogy. 2y
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emtobiasz
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#currentlylistening at the gym, because nothing fascinates me so much as a grisly medical history 🤷‍♀️ #audiobook #nonfiction #plagues

Bklover I have to agree with you. 2y
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CoverToCoverGirl
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Luna‘s sending you a #GetBetterSoonPilot hug @DGRachel So sorry your fur baby is unwell! {{{{{Hugs}}}}}.
#Wolfe