Item description for SARS War by Ping-Chung Leung, Eng Eong Ooi, Ping-Chung Leung, E. E. Ooi Leung & Eng Eong Ooi...
On 12 March 2003, the World Health Organisation (WHO) issued a global alert on the outbreak of a new form of pneumonia-like disease with symptoms that are similar to those of the common flu. This illness, officially known as severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), is potentially fatal and highly contagious, and has spread quickly to many parts of the world in a matter of a few weeks. Aided by globalisation and the ease of air travel today, the disease has now been reported in many countries, such as China, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Singapore, Canada, the US and some parts of Europe, with a large number of infections and a significant number of deaths.
In this book, the global SARS outbreak is traced and described, with a focus on the regions where the most infections have been identified. An overview of the whole saga is presented: how the disease spreads; how governments react; how societies and people cope and how health experts work fervently to identify the virus and search for a cure.
In addition, the book contains guidelines on what a person or organisation can do to reduce the risk of contracting the deadly illness. It includes precautionary measures disseminated by various health authorities and preventive herbal concoctions recommended by Chinese physicians, presented in an easy-to-read manner. Furthermore, insights of experts are provided.
This book aims to give critical information on SARS. It is a must for people who want to find out more about the disease and how to reduce the risk of contracting it.
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Studio: World Scientific Publishing Company
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 6.5" Height: 9.25" Weight: 0.92 lbs.
Release Date Apr 15, 2003
Publisher World Scientific Publishing Company
ISBN 9812384332 ISBN13 9789812384331
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More About Ping-Chung Leung, Eng Eong Ooi, Ping-Chung Leung, E. E. Ooi Leung & Eng Eong Ooi
Professor Leung Ping Chung is a highly respected medical expert in Hong Kong. He is the Chairman of the Management Committee, Institute of Chinese Medicine, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Professor Leung is one of the first doctors to propose using serum from recovered patients to treat SARS, and this method has so far produced optimistic results. His areas of expertise include orthopaedics, osteoporosis, surgery and traditional chinese medicine.
This publication is, to me, an utter disappointment. Not only is it not up-to-date, and therefore of practically no use to the more serious reader, its contents are also sloppily put together. Insights and detailed analysis are also short in supply. It consequently fails to do justice to both the new disease as well as those fighting it on the front-line.
Unsatisfactory coverage May 30, 2003
I found this book to be extremely unsatisfactory. The authors have rushed their manuscript to the printer so soon after the start of the epidemic that many salient facts about the virus and the disease could not be included in time for publication. I just can't understand why the authors didn't wait until more facts about the disease have been established before publishing their work if they do intend to provide the public with useful information about SARS.
The coverage of the Sars outbreak in Hong Kong (the place where I live) is also far from satisfactory. Many of the important events have not been mentioned. Some research results have been totally ignored. There is also not much analysis of the initial outbreak at the hospitals. Such sloppy scholarship is unacceptable, even if the book is intended for the mass market.
I can only give this book one star at most.
Almost useless May 23, 2003
This book is almost useful for me, as it throws practically no fresh insight on the latest findings on Sars. The contents are poorly produced and evidently put together in great haste. A one-star publication.
Can be a source of misleading information May 19, 2003
I agree with the other reviewers that this book is, by now, hopelessly out-dated.
With such rapid progress made in tracing and understanding the illness, it is actually quite irresponsible of the authors and publisher to have published a book on SARS so prematurely. As far as I can see, some of the information here are only correct up to the first week of April 2003. All subsequent developments, which may have disproved earlier hypotheses contained in this book, have been ignored or are otherwise absent.
Unless one can keep up with the latest developments through news reports, this book, instead of being informative, can be a source of misleading information.
Despite the comparatively low retail price, I don't think this book is worth getting at all.
Out of date and no scientific details May 16, 2003
This book is short, sometimes repetitive, and already out-of-date, even considering the date of publication (April 2003). For someone who needs a quick non-technical summary of what is online and what has been reported in the international news, this book will suffice, although somewhat marginally. The authors of the various articles discuss various strategies for dealing with SARS, and there is a Q&A section at the end of the book.
There are some omissions in the book, particularly in the area of hard science. For example, the complete genetic sequence of the SARS virus is now available, but this is not mentioned in the book. The sequence has also been BLASTed, but the results of the BLAST search are not discussed in the book either. In addition, there are some groups who have asked whether the SARS virus was the result of genetic engineering, and therefore it would have been informative if the book would have discussed these topics, to alleviate any concerns in this regard. If recombination played a role in the origin of the SARS virus, this would show up in its sequence. An attempt to create the SARS virus via recombination from different viruses would show up in the sequence, parts of which would appear different from a phylogenetic viewpoint. The SARS virus has been classified as a coronavirus, and these types of viruses have been subjected to genetic manipulation in the laboratory in the last fifteen years.
These concerns and others in the molecular biology of SARS are being addressed daily in laboratories all over the world. This book is targeted to non-scientists and non-specialists and so is limited in scope. If updated to reflect these developments, it would be much more useful to those who need to understand the real dangers and limitations of the SARS outbreak.