Synopsis[ edit ] The book is in four sections: The author describes in great detail the progression of the disease, from the initial headache and backache, to the final stage in which Monet's internal organs fail and he "bleeds out" i. This part also introduces a young promising physician who became infected with Marburg virus while treating Monet.
Innovation and Curiosity vs. Geisbert has trained himself to identify various viruses on sight, and has spent a great deal of time looking at the Marburg taken from Peter Cardinal. Thomas Geisbert will be another important and sympathetic figure in the book. For now, he thinks of viruses as almost a beautiful part of nature, and feels totally safe dealing with them when he is a spacesuit.
This confidence leads to hubris, however, as we will see. Active Themes Having heard about the sick monkeys in Reston, Geisbert decides to take photographs of the samples in order to try to identify simian-fever-virus particles.
He decides to first examine them under a normal light microscope far less powerful than an electron microscopeand does so along with Joan Rhoderick, the day after Dan Dalgard euthanizes his monkeys. Rhoderick notices something odd, as does Geisbert: The two decide to show the cells to Peter Jahrling.
When they return, they dress like surgeons once again and go to examine the sample.
This is totally understandable, of course, and seems like an error only in light of what we as readers already know—which makes its reality all the more terrifying. Active Themes When he sees the sample, Jahrling asserts that the cells must have been contaminated in some way—an annoying but common occurrence.
Believing the contaminant to be pseudonomonas—a common bacteria that can easily destroy cell cultures—Jahrling waves his hand over the flask in order to waft its scent and smell it. This is a moment of dramatic and alarming human error—Peter Jahrling and Thomas Geisbert decide to sniff a flask that is unbeknownst to them actually filled with Ebola virus.
This episode illustrates that even conscientious medical professionals who know how to protect themselves can often fall into the trap of complacency, as their curiosity edges close to something like hubris.
Active Themes Geisbert places some of the fluid from the culture into a centrifuge in order to separate out the different kinds of cells, and then sets off on his hunting trip. Preston mentions that when a filovirus takes residence in a human host, its incubation period lasts from three to eighteen days.
Cite This Page Choose citation style: Retrieved September 26, The Hot Zone: A Terrifying True Story is a best-selling In his blurb, horror writer Stephen King called the first chapter, "one of the most horrifying things I've read in my whole life." When asked whether any book "scared the pants off you" writer Suzanne Collins answered.
Summary Of Chapter 7: The Most Dangerous Strain Analysis Chapter 6: Decon In Part 3, Chapter 6 "Decon", Preston starts to begin to create a realization of the absolute and eternal danger of .
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3 Ratings · 0 Reviews The Hot Zone Study Guide consists of approx. 53 pages of summaries and analysis on The Hot Zone by Richard Preston. This study guide includes the following sections: Plot Summary, Chapter Summaries & Analysis, Characters, Objects/Places, Themes, Style, Quotes, and Topics for Discussion.4/5(3).