Reviews of 'Gone Viral - The Germs That Share Our Lives'
"This easy-to-read, witty account of life in a world of germs, complete with a glossary and index, has wide appeal. If you are a clinician, public health enthusiast or just wanting to know the facts behind the headlines, this book is as entertaining as it is informative and is perfect for a Sunday afternoon read".
"At the end of the day – this book is simply – a wonderfully good read..."
"...his take on microbial players such as H1N1 swine flu, the AIDS virus HIV and the coronavirus that caused the 2003 severe acute respiratory syndrome epidemic is fascinating. He's a Melbourne-born infectious diseases physician - and an excellent storyteller - who puts the bugs into a human and very Australian context..."
"...Bowden ... has shone a light for the lay reader on the fight against infections - the diseases we think modern medicine has conquered until a new strain of influenza rocks complacency..."
"...All this might sound pretty boring and scary, but in the hands of Frank Bowden it is fascinating, exciting and illuminating. And what better way to learn what nasties we could catch and how our medics can help us, than through laughter? Verdict: Amazingly, it’s a great read.
"This book is an enjoyable and easy read, it is entertaining and at times downright hilarious..."
"...a very fine writer, with a great capacity for delivering a rattling good yarn..."
" Frank Bowden tells a good story...The anecdotes from his years of clinical and public health work in Australia make for interesting reading for both health professionals and the public..."
"The best pieces in this anthology diverge from Finkel’s conditions... like Frank Bowden’s “Under the Influence”, [which] weaves its story around a biographical framework. [It] speak[s] to how science is animated by individual creativity and resolve..."