Florence Williams is a Contributing Editor at Outside Magazine. Her book Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History was published last year.
 (April 2013)


How Animals May Cause the Next Big One

People wearing surgical masks to protect themselves from the SARS virus, Hong Kong, April 2003

Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic

by David Quammen
As David Quammen puts it in his masterful new book Spillover, human beings are an “outbreak,” a species that has undergone a “vast, sudden population increase.” “And here’s the thing about outbreaks,” warns Quammen: “They end…. In some cases they end gradually, in other cases they end with a crash.” If this sounds alarming, it’s meant to.