New PDF release: An Epidemic of Rumors: How Stories Shape Our Perception of

By Jon D. Lee

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

Folklore stories brings very important and priceless views to knowing cultural responses to the outbreak of affliction. via this etiological examine Lee exhibits the similarities among the narratives of the SARS outbreak and the narratives of different modern disorder outbreaks like AIDS and the H1N1 virus. His research means that those illness narratives don't spring up with new outbreaks or ailments yet are in non-stop movement and are recycled opportunistically. Lee additionally explores even if this predictability of vernacular ailment narratives provides the chance to create counter-narratives published systematically from the govt or scientific technological know-how to stymie the unwanted effects of the apprehensive rumors that so frequently inflame humanity.

With power for sensible software to public wellbeing and fitness and health and wellbeing coverage, An Epidemic of Rumors can be of curiosity to scholars and students of well-being, drugs, and folklore.

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