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A Manufactured Plague: The History of Foot and Mouth Disease in Britain

By: Abigail Woods

208 pages, B/w photos


Hardback | Dec 2004 | #149419 | ISBN: 1844070808
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This groundbreaking and well-researched book shows that, for over a century, FMD has brought fear, tragedy and sorrow - damaging businesses and affecting international relations. Yet these effects were neither inevitable nor caused by FMD itself but were, rather, the product of the legislation used to control it, and in this sense FMD is a `manufactured' plague rather than a natural one.

One of the best books on foot and mouth disease' John Vidal, The Guardian 'A delight to read.' Matthew Bayliss, Nature 'Dr Abigail Woods has produced a book which should be on any countryman's reading list- and compulsory for politicians, scientists and civil servants.' Country Illustrated 'A well-informed and timely analysis, which one hopes will be read by the relevant officials.' Scientific and Medical Network Review 'This masterly review is notable for its freedom from cant and its uninhibited expression of an even-handed and balanced opinion. Its impartial evaluation leads to a damning indictment of the whole framework of FMD control in the UK in 2001.' Lawrence Alderson, Countrywide Livestock Ltd 'An excellent example of the sort of history of science and technology that tries to go beyond simple explanations of how initial misconceptions were replaced by present enlightenment as a result of the heroic efforts of the pioneers.' Paul Brassley, The Agricultural History Review: A Journal of Agricultural and Rural History, 2006.


Introduction ( FMD in 19th-century Britain: From Everyday Ailment to Animal Plague ( FMD and Home Rule for Ireland, 1912-1923 ( The Epidemics of 1922-1924 ( FMD and the Anglo-Argentine Meat Trade, 1924-1939 ( The Science of FMD, 1912-1958 ( The 1951-1952 Vaccination Controversy ( The 1967-1968 Epidemic ( FMD, 2001 ( Conclusion ( Bibliography, Index

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Abigail Woods, formerly a practising veterinary surgeon, is Wellcome Research Fellow based at the Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine, Manchester University. Woods was a frequent expert media commentator during the 2001 FMD outbreak

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