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I'm so grateful to have Dr. Henry here in British Columbia to help guide us through this pandemic. Her experience and expertise are invaluable. She continually reminds us to wash our hands and to be kind to one another but it's her own kindness and sensitivity that encourages me the most. Thank you Dr. Henry!
Years ago as a ten year old spending time with relatives in a cabin on Kalamalka lake I would be reminded of the scourge of polio when the weekly RCAF Catalina would land on the lake taxi to the public beach and await the ambulances from Vernon . A number of small litters would be transported across the sand and the big flying boat would lumber off to YVR. Needless to say I was scared silly! Since then I have always wanted to know more- especially in these COVID 19 times- more about “ Bugs” . If you are interested in information that just could save your life, or you love interesting historical anecdotes, this is your book. It is well written and entertains as well as being a fountain of useful information. It is hard to think of a book on epidemiology as a “ page turner” but SW&CS is exactly that. Great work Dr Bonnie , in so many ways you do your country proud!
This book covers as many plagues and pandemics as are recorded. It is a very interesting comparison of the thinks we can do right and the things we do wrong when science is forgotten and rumours rule. I learned a lot and I even remember the polio epidemics of the early '50s. But I had long forgotten the closure of swimming pools and other steps taken to stop the spread. Well written and interesting.
This book is on the Canadian best seller list and everyone concerned with covid-19 should read it. Dr. Henry wrote it about 10 years ago and it has excellent information. She wrote it when she worked in Toronto. There is a current chapter an update on preventative measures with this current pandemic. Wash your hands, keep distancing and use a mask. The chapters on Sars and other viruses are still current. I believe she is the current top medical doctor in British Columbia which never did a full lock down and experienced fewer cases of virus than most Canadian provinces. People who believe this is a conspiracy need to read it, pandemics will occur in the future and the information provided was excellent. Highly recommended.
I bought this book for one reason. Concerns over COVID-19 had me wondering how it best should be dealt with. Dr. Bonnie Henry was getting some publicity for her advice on how to handle it. So I was excited when I learned she had written a book on how to protect oneself against bacteria and viruses and the like. Again this book came in very good time and condition and its' information has made me glad I bought it. It is a very useful add to anyones' shelf of books on basic medical care.
If I have any suggestion it would be for a younger reader picture book to be made of this and included in our elementary school system We are so very fortunate to have a leader such as Dr. Henry guiding us through this pandemic. I truly believe we have the best the world has with her direction, experience and her incredible compassion. She has steadied or stride towards recovery. I want to express our deepest gratitude to her for this Jordan Birk BC, Canada
Let’s come clean. This is a re-issue of a 2009 book. It was obviously rushed to publication to capitalize on the admittedly well deserved fame the author is enjoying in her role as a reassuring public figure in the coronavirus crisis. Most of the actionable information on infection prevention is contained in the title, which is itself a recycled quotation from another Canadian physician celebrity, Sir William Osler. The lack of originality continues throughout a plodding but superficial review of a wide spectrum of infectious diseases, from food-borne to sexually transmitted, just in case public anxiety is not already high enough right now. And the homespun advice on the cover won’t save you from rabies, malaria or herpes, all of which are dutifully mentioned here. If you have eyes and ears, you already know by now what to do to protect yourself from what everyone’s worried about. You don’t need this book. Put your common sense to better use and read something that will actually help you relax, and be well.
5.0 out of 5 starsAn easy to read book on diseases that affect humans.
Reviewed in the United States on May 6, 2020
This book discusses, in an easy to read manor, diseases from around the world that have an impact on human life. It discusses modes of infection and prevention. If one is planning any travel this book can be used in medical preparation for one's trip. "Wash your hands" is the overall "best practice" offered by this book while discussing in depth prevention and control of specific diseases.