Fans of the Preston and Garrett books should take a look at a truly
brilliant piece in the New Republic that debunks some of the more
outlandish claims in these books, for example Preston's idea that the
Ebola virus is planet Earth's way of cleansing itself of unwanted human
Malcom Gladwell: "The Plague Year: The Unscientific Origins of Our
Obsession with Viruses." The New Republic, July 17&24, 1995, pp. 38-46.
(Gladwell is New York bureau chief of The Washington Post.)
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