Tooth and nail by Brian Coman was reviewed
by noted author Eric C Rolls
in the "Australian's Review of Books" liftout July 1999. Unfortunately,
Tooth and nail is basically just another
boring "vilify the rabbit book". Much worthier of consideration as an addition
to any library is Eric C Rolls own book published many years ago They all ran wild.
Roll's book is a well researched account of how the white European settler introduced
many species of exotic plants and animals into Australia (many of which
are now a problem in some parts of Australia such as the blackberry bush).
Personally, I wouldn't
waste my money on Tooth and nail, however if I was lucky
enough to come across a copy of Roll's original masterpiece, They all ran wild,
I wouldn't think twice about spending my money to purchase the book. Eric C Roll's
book would enhance any personal reference library on Australian ecology
in the historical context. Perhaps we will see another edition of Roll's
book in print one day soon. Attempts by other authors to eclipse Rolls original masterpiece
are bound to fail.
Australia hosts International Virology Conference August 1999
For details of this conference visit
Click here for details of International Virology Conference 9th August 1999
Notes:Well the Aussie scientists will be able to educate our international visitors about how to allow viruses to escape (a.k.a VHD escapes from Wardang Island) and even about how to spread viruses such as Myxo and VHD/RCD but as to stopping the spread of dangerous viruses, the visitors will have the upper hand. The Aussie scientists can also take this opportunity to teach their International visitors how to really confuse the public by renaming diseases with quaint local names (such as renaming Viral Haemorrhagic Disease of Rabbits to "Rabbit Calicivirus Disease" ). The old boys network will be living it up at this conference (at the taxpayers expense?). Fenner will be chairing a few discussions.
Perhaps someone can convince the Aussie Scientists to start calling RCD (Rabbit Calicivirus Disease) by the correct internationally recognised name of Viral Haemorrhagic Disease of Rabbits. Correcting this misnomer is long overdue!
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