Wendy Orent
Cultural Anthropologist and Author, Atlanta, Georgia

Wendy Orent is an Atlanta-based anthropologist specialising in health and disease. She is the author of Plague: The Mysterious Past and Terrifying Future of the World’s Most Dangerous Disease (2012).

Written by Wendy Orent

A group gather to watch another victim taken to a hospital during the 1956 polio epidemic in Chicago, Illinois. Photo by Francis Miller/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty

Essay/
Illness and disease
Stealth infections

From the Black Death to polio, the most dangerous pathogens have moved silently, transmitted by apparently healthy people

Wendy Orent

The Triumph of Death by Pieter Bruegel the Elder. Courtesy Museo Del Prado, Madrid.

Essay/
Illness and disease
The Black Death

At least one in three Europeans and untold millions in Asia died. What was the source of this brutal, lethal efficiency?

Wendy Orent

Refugee camps have all the ingredients for an epidemic outbreak. Photo by Stefano Rellandini/Reuters

Essay/
Illness and disease
How plagues really work

The next pandemic will erupt, not from the jungle, but from the disease factories of hospitals, refugee camps and cities

Wendy Orent

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