Wednesday, February 25, 2009
There are now a number of books about prions, mad cows and the whole BSE/vCJD issue. One I would recommend is 'Deadly Feasts: the "prion" controversy and the public's health' by Richard Rhodes. It covers all the known prion diseases and tells the story of their discovery and investigation. Richard Rhodes is not a scientist but a journalist and historian (he won the Pulitzer prize for 'The Making of the Atomic Bomb') and I think this gives him a bit more perspective on the issue and an impressive ability to explain scientfific issues to the general public.