When Germs Travel: Six Major Epidemics That Have Invaded America and the Fears They Have Unleashed
The struggle against deadly microbes is endless. Diseases that have plagued human beings since ancient times still exist, new maladies like SARS make their way into the headlines, we are faced with vaccine shortages, and the threat of germ warfare has reemerged as a worldwide threat.
In this riveting account, medical historian Howard Markel takes an eye-opening look at the fragility of the American public health system. He tells the distinctive stories of six epidemics–tuberculosis, bubonic plague, trachoma, typhus, cholera, and AIDS–to show how how our chief defense against diseases from other countries has been to attempt to deny entry to carriers. He explains why this approach never worked, and makes clear that it is useless in today’s world of bustling international travel and porous borders.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
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I settled down and opened the front cover. What? No influenza? No polio? I mean, he covers AIDS and TB, but certainly fear of polio gripped the nation for years! In any case, I sat down and began ... Read full review
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Infectious diseases from tuberculosis to AIDS have wrought social upheaval-and were often blamed on immigrants. ... Read full review