Inside the Outbreaks: The Elite Medical Detectives of the Epidemic Intelligence Service

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2010 - Medical - 418 pages
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Since its founding in 1951, the Epidemic Intelligence Service has waged war on every imaginable ailment. When an epidemic hits, the EIS will be there to crack the case, however mysterious or deadly, saving countless lives in the process. Over the years they have successfully battled polio, cholera, and smallpox, to name a few, and in recent years have turned to the epidemics killing us now—smoking, obesity, and gun violence among them. 

The successful EIS model has spread internationally: former EIS officers on the staff of the Centers for Disease Control have helped to establish nearly thirty similar programs around the world. EIS veterans have gone on to become leaders in the world of public health in organizations such as the World Health Organization. 

Inside the Outbreaks takes readers on a riveting journey through the history of this remarkable organization, following Epidemic Intelligence Service officers on their globetrotting quest to eliminate the most lethal and widespread threats to the world’s health.

  

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Review: Inside the Outbreaks: The Elite Medical Detectives of the Epidemic Intelligence Service

User Review  - Naomi - Goodreads

It's about 3-1/2 stars, really - fantastic subject (though I am an epi so I am a wee bit biased) - but, oddly written. A fascinating history told in (sometimes clunky) vignettes. It took me a lot ... Read full review

Review: Inside the Outbreaks: The Elite Medical Detectives of the Epidemic Intelligence Service

User Review  - Scotchneat - Goodreads

Pendergrast offers up a history of the Epidemic Intelligence Service (pre-cursor and part of the CDC) in a series of short stories or reports. I might have liked to have had fewer stories with more ... Read full review

Contents

Cold War Hot Pathogens
3
Killer Vaccine GoatHair Anthrax Rabid Bats
20
Pandemic Flu Purple Enteritis on Mars
33
The Diaspora
56
Fighting Pox Pandemics and Special Pathogens
72
Eradication Escalation
91
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About the author (2010)

MARK PENDERGRAST is the author of four other nonfiction books: Mirror Mirror, Uncommon Grounds, Victims of Memory, and For God, Country & Coca-Cola .

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