Readers of Warmwell may be interested to know that my book,'A Manufactured Plague. The History of foot and mouth disease in
Britain'is now available. Details and a sample chapter are found at
You may remember that during the 2001 epidemic I contributed to
the debate over FMD control by drawing on lessons from the past.
This book extends and builds upon the arguments I made at that
time, and explains why the government felt so compelled to
institute a policy of mass slaughter rather than vaccination. I hope
you find it interesting.
Dr Abigail Woods
Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine
Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine,
University of Manchester