Deadliest Enemy: Our War Against Killer Germs

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Little, Brown, Mar 14, 2017 - Medical - 352 pages
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We are facing an overwhelming army of deadly, invisible enemies. We need a plan -- before it's too late.
Unlike natural disasters, whose destruction is concentrated in a limited area over a period of days, and illnesses, which have devastating effects but are limited to individuals and their families, infectious disease has the terrifying power to disrupt everyday life on a global scale, overwhelming public and private resources and bringing trade and transportation to a grinding halt.
In today's world, it's easier than ever to move people, animals, and materials around the planet, but the same advances that make modern infrastructure so efficient have made epidemics and even pandemics nearly inevitable. And as outbreaks of Ebola, MERS, yellow fever, and Zika have demonstrated, we are woefully underprepared to deal with the fallout. So what can -- and must -- we do in order to protect ourselves from mankind's deadliest enemy?
Drawing on the latest medical science, case studies, policy research, and hard-earned epidemiological lessons, Deadliest Enemy explores the resources and programs we need to develop if we are to keep ourselves safe from infectious disease. The authors show how we could wake up to a reality in which many antibiotics no longer cure, bioterror is a certainty, and the threat of a disastrous influenza pandemic looms ever larger. Only by understanding the challenges we face can we prevent the unthinkable from becoming the inevitable.
Deadliest Enemy is high scientific drama, a chronicle of medical mystery and discovery, a reality check, and a practical plan of action.
 

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Contents

Cover Title Page Copyright Dedication Epigraph Introduction
Black Swans and Red Alerts
Annals of Public Health
White Coats and Worn Shoes
The Threat Matrix
The Natural History of Germs
The New World Order
Means of Transmission Bats Bugs Lungs and Penises
Vaccines The Sharpest Arrow in Our Quiver
Malaria AIDS and TB Lest We Forget
Gain of Function and Dual Use The Frankenstein Scenario
Bioterror Opening Pandoras
Ebola Out of Africa
SARS and MERS Harbingers of Things to Come

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Dr. Osterholm is Regents Professor, McKnight Presidential Endowed Chair in Public Health, the director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP), Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Division of Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health, a professor in the Technological Leadership Institute, College of Science and Engineering, and an adjunct professor in the Medical School, all at the University of Minnesota.

Mark Olshaker is a critically acclaimed, New York Times bestselling author or coauthor of fourteen nonfiction books and novels, including Virus Hunter, and an Emmy-winning filmmaker with specialties in both public health and criminal justice.

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