Chapter 9 : Fiction, Fact, and Reality

MyBook is a cheap paperback edition of the original book and will be sold at uniform, low price.

Preview this chapter:
Zoom in

Fiction, Fact, and Reality, Page 1 of 2

| /docserver/preview/fulltext/10.1128/9781555817442/9781555815004_Chap09-1.gif /docserver/preview/fulltext/10.1128/9781555817442/9781555815004_Chap09-2.gif


The realities of infectious disease are sometimes portrayed most graphically, not in textbooks, but in novels and in factual works whose authors have moved away from a strictly scientific mode of writing. The book describes the epidemic as an allegory for invasion and occupation by the Germans and the defeat of France. One such passage, illustrating the sense of desolation that grew stronger as the disease became firmly established and the town's gates were closed, says: . Though based on actual events in London nearly 60 years previously, and drawing on the memories of people who had lived through the epidemic, 's disturbing power comes primarily from its author's imagination. Another author writing about viral pneumonia in says: The lungs were voluminous and covered in a fibrinous exudate. An example of a piece of text with great power comes from neither a novel nor a textbook but from the autobiography of a science fiction pioneer. The pioneer's account of the hemoptysis that he experienced as a young man many years before, says: .

Citation: Dixon B. 2009. Fiction, Fact, and Reality, p 39-42. In Animalcules. ASM Press, Washington, DC. doi: 10.1128/9781555817442.ch9
Highlighted Text: Show | Hide
Loading full text...

Full text loading...


1. Anne, D. 1977. Rabid. W. H. Allen, London, United Kingdom.
2. Boyd, W. 1958. Pathology for the Physician. Lea & Febiger, Chicago, IL.
3. Camus, A. 1948. The Plague. Hamish Hamilton, London, United Kingdom.
4. de Kruif, P. 1926. Microbe Hunters. Harcourt Brace, New York, NY.
5. Lewis, S. 1925. Arrowsmith. Grosset & Dunlap, New York, NY.
6. Rowan Wilson, J. 1960. The Double Blind. Collins, London, United Kingdom.

This is a required field
Please enter a valid email address
Please check the format of the address you have entered.
Approval was a Success
Invalid data
An Error Occurred
Approval was partially successful, following selected items could not be processed due to error