Melvin Berger

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Barbara Elleman

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Last Updated on June 7, 2022, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 101

[The Legionnaires' disease] provides the basis for Berger's discussion of the Center for Disease Control [Disease Detectives]. He follows the painstaking research of each department—bacteriology, virology, and toxicology—in the race to locate the epidemic's cause, describing the broader scope of their work along the way. Explanations of technical terms are integrated into the text; and though [Jules] Archer's Epidemic!… is wider in scope, the concise writing style and detective story approach make this more accessible for slightly younger readers. (p. 748)

Barbara Elleman, in Booklist (reprinted by permission of the American Library Association; copyright 1979 by the American Library Association), January 1, 1979.

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