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 throughout the lens of the 2003 SARS epidemic. Societies frequently reply to the eruption of ailment by means of developing tales, jokes, conspiracy theories, legends, and rumors, yet those narratives are usually extra destructive than the illnesses they reference. the knowledge disseminated via them is frequently faulty, incorporating xenophobic factors of the disease’s origins and questionable clinical information regarding power treatments and treatment.

Folklore reports brings vital and valuable views to figuring out cultural responses to the outbreak of disorder. via this etiological research Lee indicates the similarities among the narratives of the SARS outbreak and the narratives of alternative modern ailment outbreaks like AIDS and the H1N1 virus. His research means that those illness narratives don't spring up with new outbreaks or illnesses yet are in non-stop circulate and are recycled opportunistically. Lee additionally explores even if this predictability of vernacular sickness narratives offers the chance to create counter-narratives published systematically from the govt or clinical technology to stymie the unwanted effects of the apprehensive rumors that so usually inflame humanity.

With strength for useful program to public wellbeing and fitness and future health coverage, An Epidemic of Rumors should be of curiosity to scholars and students of wellbeing and fitness, medication, and folklore.

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