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The collectors of lost souls : turning Kuru scientists into whitemen

Author: Warwick Anderson
Publisher: Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, ©2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This account of medical detective work traces the story of kuru, a fatal brain disease, and the pioneering scientists who spent decades searching for its cause.
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Biographies
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Anderson, Warwick, 1958-
Collectors of lost souls.
Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, ©2008
(OCoLC)608999323
Named Person: D Carleton Gajdusek; D Carleton Gajdusek; Daniel Carleton Gajdusek; D Carleton Gajdusek
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Warwick Anderson
ISBN: 9780801890406 0801890403
OCLC Number: 212375922
Awards: Winner of The William H.Welch Medal 2010 (United States)
Winner of NSW Premier's History Award 2009 (United States)
Description: 318 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: The disease Europeans catch from Kuru --
Stranger relations --
Portrait of the scientist as a young man --
A contemptuous tenderness --
The scientist and his magic --
Hearts of darkness --
Specimen days --
We were their people --
Stumbling along the tortuous road --
Dénouement was a bit difficult.
Responsibility: Warwick Anderson.
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