The Coming Plague: Newly Emerging Diseases in a World Out of Balance

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Penguin Books, 1995 - Medical - 750 pages
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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.

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User Review  - ffortsa - LibraryThing

I've been working on this doorstopper for the better part of a year, I think. But totally worth the ride. In successive chapters, Garrett describes in sometimes novelistic detail the various fights ... Read full review

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User Review  - IsaboeOfLumatere - LibraryThing

Read for UMBC BIOL 141H I liked it well enough. not very technical at all, but I suppose she wanted it to be accessible. but honestly, it got very easy to confuse all the scientists and politicians as ... Read full review

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About the author (1995)

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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