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Publisher Description

The struggle against deadly microbes is endless. Diseases that have plagued human beings since ancient times still exist, new maladies make their way into the headlines, we are faced with vaccine shortages, and the threat of germ warfare has reemerged as a worldwide threat.
 
In this riveting account, medical historian Howard Markel takes an eye-opening look at the fragility of the American public health system. He tells the distinctive stories of six epidemics–tuberculosis, bubonic plague, trachoma, typhus, cholera, and AIDS–to show how our chief defense against diseases from outside the United States has been to attempt to deny entry to carriers. He explains why this approach never worked, and makes clear that it is useless in today’s world of bustling international travel and porous borders.

Illuminating our foolhardy attempts at isolation and showing that globalization renders us all potential inhabitants of the so-called Hot Zone, Markel makes a compelling case for a globally funded public health program that could stop the spread of epidemics and safeguard the health of everyone on the planet.

GENRE
Professional & Technical
RELEASED
2004
May 11
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
288
Pages
PUBLISHER
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
SELLER
Penguin Random House LLC
SIZE
9.3
MB

Customer Reviews

Epi_Ren ,

Germs and immigration, what else is new?

This book is a great read if you’re into germs and diseases or if you’re into history and wanting to learn more of the context behind why we treat immigrants the way we do. The gambit that they’re bringing diseases is almost as old as xenophobia itself, and Dr. Markel’s book does a wonderful job of describing specific instances when these fears overshadowed the signs and symptoms of actual disease.

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