The Coming Plague

The Coming Plague

Newly Emerging Diseases in A World Out of Balance

Book - 1995
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Unpurified drinking water. Improper use of antibiotics. Local warfare. Massive refugee migration. Changing social and environmental conditions around the world have fostered the spread of new and potentially devastating viruses and diseases -- HIV, Lassa, Ebola, and others. Laurie Garrett takes you on a fifty-year journey through the world's battles with microbes and examines the worldwide conditions that have culminated in recurrent outbreaks of newly discovered diseases, epidemics of diseases migrating to new areas, and mutated old diseases that are no longer curable. She argues that it is not too late to take action to prevent the further onslaught of viruses and microbes, and offers possible solutions for a healthier future.
Publisher: New York : Penguin, 1995, ©1994
ISBN: 9780374126469
Characteristics: xvii, 750 pages : maps ; 23 cm


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May 14, 2016

Perhaps the worst written, and certainly the most overwritten book I have ever read. The author sounds like a seventeen year old with a serious case of verbal diarrhoea. In compensation, though, it is thorough, with lots of notes, many of which ought to have been incorporated into the text, such as numerous tables. There was a lack of graphs and diagrams, and the maps that were included were improper for their purpose, in the wrong place in the text, and there were too few of them.
The best parts were the last two chapters, and a quote at the top of page 506, which should be copied out and pasted to the top the desk or edge of the computer screen of all health care administrators, policy makers, and political critics.

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