New book explores the “cultural history” of rabies

Still looking for a good summer read? Instead of a breezy piece of romantic escapism, how about a zoonotic tale of the “world’s most diabolical virus?”

That’s from the subhead of the new book Rabid, co-authored by veterinarian and AVMA member Monica Murphy. She and her husband, journalist Bill Wasik, wrote this cultural history of rabies to examine the virus’ impact around the world, its public health consequences, and the terror it causes as it “blurs the line between human and animal.”

It may not be your typical beach book, but it certainly looks like a fascinating read.

To listen to an interview with the authors or Rabid, or read an excerpt from the book, visit

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