An Epidemic of Rumors: How Stories Shape Our Perception of by Jon D. Lee

By Jon D. Lee

In An Epidemic of Rumors, Jon D. Lee examines the human reaction to epidemics in the course of the lens of the 2003 SARS epidemic. Societies often reply to the eruption of sickness by means of developing tales, jokes, conspiracy theories, legends, and rumors, yet those narratives are usually extra harmful than the illnesses they reference. the knowledge disseminated via them is usually misguided, incorporating xenophobic factors of the disease’s origins and questionable scientific information regarding power remedies and treatment.

Folklore experiences brings very important and invaluable views to knowing cultural responses to the outbreak of ailment. via this etiological examine Lee exhibits the similarities among the narratives of the SARS outbreak and the narratives of alternative modern illness outbreaks like AIDS and the H1N1 virus. His research means that those disorder narratives don't spring up with new outbreaks or illnesses yet are in non-stop circulate and are recycled opportunistically. Lee additionally explores no matter if this predictability of vernacular affliction narratives offers the chance to create counter-narratives published systematically from the govt. or clinical technology to stymie the unwanted effects of the frightened rumors that so usually inflame humanity.

With capability for useful program to public well-being and health and wellbeing coverage, An Epidemic of Rumors should be of curiosity to scholars and students of overall healthiness, drugs, and folklore.

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