Marilee Peters: Patient Zero



Yle for younger readers Disliked For all of the valid interesting accurate information in the text I was put off as a reader by the choice of illustrations for the text These illustrations were in my opinion too cutesy The book s content was serious and scientific but I felt the clip art y cartoony illustrations of cells kids and flasks undermined the content This book would have been accessible to younger readers with serious illustrations And UnfortunatelyThe timing of this book s publication couldn t be helped But its section on Ebola was promptly rendered out of date by the developments of late 2014 and 2015 While not a fault it is worth noting and should be taken into account by readers Well hello there And welcome to today s pisode of I really need to be picky about my Netgalley reuests No but seriously I really do need to be picky because the ones that only sound mildly interestingare starting to be not Nerds even that And that was one of the reasons I didn t really like Patient ZeroSeriously how do you make a book about deadlypidemics boring I have no idea but this book was immensely boring Despite the fact that it was written in a breezy matter of fact way this book Zack (Areion Fury MC ended up being incredibly dry The only part that wasn t boring was the Typhoid Mary case but I think that has to do with the fact that Typhoid Mary wasndlessly interesting as opposed to the book itself being interestingI also felt like the information given in Patient Zero was very surface level I felt like I could have learned all of this from Wikipedia and still not have missed anything There are no new insights no new opinions I think had this been written by someone who A actually had a medical degree of some sort or B had a history with y know history than this book would have been insightful and deep Instead we just have vague snippets of pidemics as opposed to semi full case files of diseasesHowever my absolute main gripe with Patient Zero were the drawings that were in the book I find all of these cases super sad because although we have found cures for some of these diseases the truth is that tons of people still died for that to happen And I m sorry Maybe I m being too sensitive but I found all of those drawings lacking in taste While the book itself didn t have a somber slant to it it still wasn t humorous at all So trying to add humorous pictures which weren t funny at all just seem to mock the cases it s supposed to be highlightingSo I didn t really like Patient Zero I give it two stars solely to its showcase of the Typhoid Mary case but other than that I say skip it and ither read in depth books about different ContamiNation epidemics or read about it on Wikipedia. Ndvents to tell the gripping tale of how Taxi ins Glück each of seven diseases spread The result is spine chilling as Peters follows the scientists who solved the intricate mystery of the killerpidemics Patient Zero reminds us that millions of people owe their lives to the work of these pioneer pidemiologists work that continues to this

Patient Zero is an xcellent introduction for middle grade kids all ages really to Losing My Virginity and Other Dumb Ideas epidemics in general the seven specific illnesses covered historically here and the field ofpidemiology As an adult I found there was a lot to learn in most areas While I did know a fair bit about some of the areas covered I did still find myself learning little bits of info throughout The writing is fun and The Magic Rolling Pin engaging The book is well put togetherAfter this I would happily read from Marilee Peters and I definitely want to learn about some of thepidemics I didn t know much about I would definitely recommend this book for basically anyone over the age of ten You know I could ve sworn I d read this book before but apparently I haven t It s a short history of Indecent... Exposure (Indecent, epidemiology told through the stories of seven disea I don t usuallynjoy non fiction but this is a page turner I liked the layout and stories that added to the factual information I only read the chapters that most interested me but that s allowed when reading non fiction right It is written for adolescents I would recommend this book to any science teacher Not Without a Fight especially a middle school teacher Engaging and very interesting The pages are beautiful and colorful it certainly isn t your typical book 1 Very interesting read2 I liked the little tidbits of information throughout3 There is s good bibliography in the back for further reading4 I learned a lot about history as well aspidemics I kept making my husband listen to what I was learning5 I found one typo Just sayin 6 This book definitely makes me want to learn Summary Patient Zero is a history of the field of Garden Bouquets and Beyond epidemiology or the study of diseases in a population It takes the reader through seven differentpidemics in history and details the disease the scientists tracking and attempting to cure the disease and gives the reader an introduction to a possible patient zero the first person to get the disease The seven The Unseen Wonder epidemics include the plague cholera yellow fever typhoid Spanish influenzabola and AIDSReviewFirst let me start off by saying that the information in this book is very interesting Peters does an impressive job introducing us to The Management Bible each of thesepidemics and giving the reader facts about causes and potential causes for the Zu schnell epidemics She highlights the scientist who begin tracking diseases in new ways and how their contributions helpedxpand the field of Sleepless (Bird of Stone, epidemiology I foundach of the histories interesting and she humanizes the book by giving the reader xamples of who patient zero might have been While the topic and the information was very interesting I found the format of the book terribly distracting You would be reading about Engrossing true stories of the pioneers of pidemiology who risked their lives to find the source of deadly diseases Throughout history people have died in disease pidemics than in wars or other disasters The courageous trail blazing defenders against these diseases faced a terrifying personal gamble Often they were ignored lau.

He disease and then in the middle of a sentence when you turn the page you find yourself at an information side bar The side bar is related and yes interesting but when you finish reading it you have to go back and re read what you had been reading so you can continue when you left off I found the placements of these to be poorly designedMy other criticism of the book is that all of the illustrations are very cartoony Since this is a book about science it would have been nice if they had included actual pictures For xample pictures of the scientists if available pictures of the viruses under a microscope tc It would have made the book credible and useful in a classroomOverallDespite its flaws I found this book fascinating I felt it ngaged the reader and gave them a lot of good information about the field of Yummy Supper epidemiology I highly recommend this book to students who like science and are interested in medicine or who just like history The book had plenty of facts and they are presented in a way that isn t dry or boring Cautions for Sensitive ReadersViolence NoneSex None Drugs NoneLanguage None Patient Zero is an interesting and fun read suitable not only for children but all ages I loved the simple but fact filled way thatach story was written and think that many kids would be fascinated by this book The illustrations were cute and at times humorousThe only thing I had a problem with was the format of the arc which was atrocious and made it very hard to read however that has no bearing in my ratingOverall I think this children book definitely has the cool factor and would make a great addition to any school libraryBuy Borrow or Bin Verdict Buy Borrow for anyone over the age of 14 but for the intended audience still a BuyNote I received this book for free in xchange for an honest review I m really into books about diseases and this one is perfect for middle school kids It focuses on the branch of disease research called pidemiology the science of understanding how diseases spread One of the pieces of the puzzle is figuring out the first person to get sick otherwise known as Patient Zero The diseases discussed are Bubonic Plague Cholera Typhoid Fever Yellow Fever Spanish Flu Ebola and AIDS All of these diseases caused major Deep Listening epidemics at some point in history Each chapter begins with a narrative I liked part of the approach of Peters book which was provided in an galley from NetGalleycom in xchange for an honest reviewLiked The narrative approach Peters used which let the reader get to know some of the key players personally definitely made the history real and accessible less dry and pedantic I applaud this part of her writing st. Ghed at or ven fired from their jobs But they kept hunting for answers putting the pieces of the pidemic puzzle together As they looked for clues to the origin of a disease scientists searched for the unknown “patient zero” the first person to have contracted it Patient Zero brilliantly brings to life the main characters

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