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How the Cows Turned Mad: Unlocking the Mysteries of Mad Cow Disease

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"Schwartz's fully engrossing, two-century-plus detective story provides a thoroughgoing history of the discovery of 'mad cow' and related diseases that also illuminates the ways in which science works. I could not put this book down."--Jon Beckwith, author of "Making Genes, Making Waves: A Social Activist in Science" "Rarely have I read a book as scary, interesting, informative and enjoyable."--John E. Talbott, University of California, Santa Barbara "Praise for the French edition: " "Maxime Schwartz's book . . . constitutes an ode to science, to its rigor, to its perseverance, but also, as we shall see, to its modesty. "How the Cows Turned Mad "is a gothic historical novel: its author, molecular biologist and former director of the Pasteur Institute, leads us along a thread that unravels over almost three centuries, from Louis XV to Tony Blair."--"Le Figaro" "But above all, and this is indeed remarkable in a work which treats such a scientific subject, "How the Cows Turned Mad" is not a scientific treatise for scientists, but rather a book. And as such, it reads easily and pleasurably."--"Le Generaliste" "How the Cows Turned Mad: that's the title of this book, almost a detective novel, just published by the molecular biologist Maxime Schwartz. An indispensable tool that allows us to sort through the truths and untruths and finally assess the situation."--"Panorama du medecin" Hide synopsis

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