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Bill Graney pp000524 at interramp.com
Thu Jan 11 14:23:46 EST 1996

I second the recommendation for Laurie Garrett's "The Coming Plague, 
Emerging Diseases in a World Out of Balance."  This book is less 
sensational than "The Hot Zone" but better based in science and recent 

There are two approaches to virology which are not mutually exclusive.  A 
Ph.D. and appropriate further study would prepare you for the scientific 
study of virology and anti-viral therapy, but a medical degree would be 
required for involvement in the actual diagnosis and treatment of viral 
disease.  The "disease cowboys" from the CDC described by Laurie Garrett 
are largely M.D.'s with or without a Ph.D.  

I encourage your interest in the field.  If you can, get a hold of Nature 
Medicine, Scientific American's Science and Medicine, and even Scientific 
American.  All of these present regular, excellent coverage of the field. 
 The articles may be a little slow going at first, but you sound like the 
kind of guy who will learn as he goes.

Best of luck,


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