Betrayal of Trust: The Collapse of Global Public Health

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Hyperion, Aug 16, 2000 - Medical - 754 pages
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In The Coming Plague, her New York Times bestselling account of the emergence of deadly new diseases around the world, Laurie Garrett brought her extraordinary reporting techniques to bear on an exploding health crisis. Coinciding with the book's release, the Ebola virus broke out in Zaire, sparking an epidemic. Her outstanding coverage of this event won Garrett the Pulitzer Prize. Now she takes readers around the world to reveal how a series of potential and present public health catastrophes mark the death of public health, which taken together form a terrifying portrait of real global disaster in the making. Garrett takes us to India, where she rivetingly and meticulously examines the course of the country's pneumonic plague; to Zaire, where the Ebola virus is still largely unchecked; to Russia, where bad policy and a collapsing society have made for staggering setbacks in all areas of health; and back to the U.S., where a drastically reduced public health system struggles, often unsuccessfully, to cope with new global threats to the nation's food, water, hospitals, and communities. In a section certain to provoke alarm and debate,

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User Review  - Luc Blazejewski - Goodreads

Without a doubt this is the most comprehensive account of history and current status of public health around the world. The author's thorough research is truly remarkable, making her points extremely ... Read full review

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User Review  - Robin Winter - Goodreads

A fascinating read but frustrating. There's too much incitement here without rigorous comparison of data. I hate reading a book like this when the author compares data without translating it into the ... Read full review



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Garrett is a Pulitzer Prize-winnng reporter who has been a health and science writer for Newsday since 1988, and a frequent contributor to such publications as The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, and Foreign Affairs. Previously, she was science correspondent for NPR.

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