In this engrossing narrative, journalist Bill Wasik and veterinarian Monica Murphy chart the history, science, and cultural mythology of rabies. In the absence of a vaccine, which was not discovered until the late nineteenth century, the rabies virus caused brain infections with a nearly 100 percent fatality rate in both animals and humans, and the suffering it inflicted became the stuff of legend. The transmission of the virusoften from dog to manreawakened a primal fear of wild animals, and the illness violent symptoms ...