A maddened creature, frothing at the mouth, lunges at an
innocent victim—and with a bite, transforms its prey into another raving
monster. It’s a scenario that underlies our darkest tales of
supernatural horror, but its power derives from a very real virus, a deadly
scourge known to mankind from our earliest days. In this fascinating
exploration, journalist Bill Wasik and veterinarian Monica Murphy chart four
thousand years in the history, science, and cultural mythology of rabies.
The most fatal virus known to science, rabies kills nearly
100 percent of its victims once the infection takes root in the brain. A
disease that spreads avidly from animals to humans, rabies has served as a symbol of savage madness and inhuman possession throughout history. Today, its
history can help shed light on the wave of emerging diseases—from AIDS to SARS
to avian flu—with origins in animal populations.
From Greek myths to zombie flicks, from the laboratory
heroics of Louis Pasteur to the contemporary search for a lifesaving treatment,
Rabid is a fresh, fascinating, and often wildly entertaining look at one
of mankind’s oldest and most fearsome foes.
Download and start listening now!