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Rediscover: China Syndrome

In November 2002, a farmer in China's Guangdong province, next to Hong Kong, became the first patient to contract severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS). By January 2003, the virus had spread to Hong Kong itself, where Karl Taro Greenfeld was the editor of Time Asia. Greenfeld and his staff were in the epicenter of a novel coronavirus outbreak that would infect 8,000 people around the world and kill 774 of them. From vague rumors that scared Chinese were boiling vinegar to purify the air, the SARS situation quickly spiraled into a global public health crisis. In 2006, Greenfeld released China Syndrome: The True Story of the 21st Century's First Great Epidemic, an account of being caught in the middle of the SARS outbreak and a history of the epidemic on a wider scale. China Syndrome follows SARS through the initial attempt of a cover up by the Chinese government, the explosion of victims in overwhelmed hospitals, to scientists studying the virus and the response of the World Health Organization in Geneva. China Syndrome is available in paperback from Harper Perennial ($17.99, 9780060587239). --Tobias Mutter