The Coming Plague: Newly Emerging Diseases in a World Out of Balance

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 31 oct. 1994 - 250 páginas

"Here is a volume that should be required reading for policy makers and health professionals." - Kirkus Reviews

After four decades of assuming that the conquest of all infectous diseases was imminent, people on all continents now find themselves besieged by AIDS, drug-resistant tuberculosis, cholera that defies chlorine water treatment, and exotic viruses that can kill in a matter of hours.

Based on extensive interviews with leading experts in virology, molecular biology, disease ecology and medicine, as well as field research in sub-Saharan Africa, Western Europe, Central America and the United States, The Coming Plague takes readers from the savannas of eastern Bolivia to the rain forests of northern Zaire on a harrowing, fifty year journey through our battles with the microbes, and tells us what must be done to prevent the coming plague.

 

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Despite the scaremongering title, this is an interesting and level take on emerging epidemics, primarily focused on past epidemics and their history/epidemiology. Leer reseña completa

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I've been working on this doorstopper for the better part of a year, I think. But totally worth the ride. In successive chapters, Garrett describes in sometimes novelistic detail the various fights ... Leer reseña completa

Índice

Title Page
Machupo
Health Transition
Monkey Kidneys and the Ebbing Tides
II
The American Bicentennial
Revolution
Microbe Magnets
Feminine Hygiene As Debated Mostly by Men
The Revenge of the Germs or Just Keep
Thirdworldization
All in Good Haste
Nature and Homo sapiens
Searching for Solutions
Afterword
IV

Distant Thunder
Vinidogodogo Danger A Very Little
Nzara
Acknowledgments

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Sobre el autor (1994)

Laurie Garrett wrote her first bestselling book, THE COMING PLAGUE: Newly Emerging Diseases in a World Out of Balance, while splitting her time between the Harvard School of Public Health and the New York newspaper, Newsday. In the 1992-93 academic years Garrett was a Fellow at Harvard, where she worked closely with the emerging diseases group, a collection of faculty concerned about the surge in epidemics of previously unknown or rare viruses and bacteria. The book was published in hardcopy by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux in 1994.

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