Federal Bodysnatchers and the New Guinea Virus: People, Parasites, Politics

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W. W. Norton & Company, Jan 1, 2002 - Health & Fitness - 262 pages
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"Twenty years ago the world slept, confident that biomedical science would protect it from devastating plagues. Our wake-up call sounded at the outbreak of the AIDS epidemic. Then came other unfamiliar pathogens in its wake, among them the West Nile virus. Meanwhile, the neglected diseases of the third world, including malaria and African sleeping sickness, festered - their victims salvageable only by unaffordable, patent-protected drugs. Robert S. Desowitz traces the histories of these diseases and the issues we must confront - the morality and legality of patent laws covering biomedical "inventions," the effect of global warming on epidemics, the commercial relationships of publicly supported biomedical scientists and industry, and the growing dissociation of clinicians and public health professionals. The resolution of these issues, now under the terrifying shadow of bioterrorism, is essential for the well-being - possibly even for the ultimate survival - of the entire human species."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
  

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If you like epidemiology this is a great book. It reads like a fiction novel. Loved it! Read full review

Review: Federal Bodysnatchers and the New Guinea Virus: Tales of Parasites, People, and Politics

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I heard the Desowitz New Guinea Tapeworms and Jewish Grandmothers: Tales of Parasites and People book was very good, so I had pretty high expectations for this one. Unfortunately, the first half of ... Read full review

Contents

The Virus
9
The DDT Jitters
57
The Malaria Millions
75
Millions for the Vaccine
102
The Curious Case of
125
Everybodys Making Money
155
The New Guinea Retrovirus and
177
Were Having a Heat Wave
208
Index
243
Copyright

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About the author (2002)

Robert S. Desowitz, a leading epidemiologist, is the author of New Guinea Tape Worms and Jewish Grandmothers and The Malaria Capers, among other books. He lives in Pinehurst, North Carolina.

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