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

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Oct 31, 1994 - Social Science - 250 pages

A New York Times bestseller

The definitive account of the infectious diseases threatening humanity by Pulitzer Prize–winning investigative journalist Laurie Garrett

"Prodigiously researched . . . A frightening vision of the future and a deeply unsettling one." —Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

After decades spent assuming that the conquest of infectious disease was imminent, people on all continents now find themselves besieged by AIDS, drug-resistant tuberculosis, cholera that defies chlorine water treatment, and exotic viruses that can kill in a matter of hours.

Relying on extensive interviews with leading experts in virology, molecular biology, disease ecology, and medicine, as well as field research in sub-Saharan Africa, Western Europe, Central America, and the United States, Laurie Garrett's The Coming Plague takes readers from the savannas of eastern Bolivia to the rain forests of the northern Democratic Republic of the Congo on a harrowing, fifty year journey through the history of our battles with microbes. This book is a work of investigative reportage like no other and a wake-up call to a world that has become complacent in the face of infectious disease—one that offers a sobering and prescient warning about the dangers of ignoring the coming plague.

 

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The plague came, and will come again. The story repeats over 50 years of fighting urban and rural epidemic: A small band of field researchers are left to improvise missions of mercy against the next ... Read full review

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I finished! Started in April, finished in December. This book is from 1993 so there is no SARS, MERS, or Covid-19. But this is a great overview of historic emerging diseases (Machupo, Ebola, Toxic ... Read full review

Contents

Title Page
Machupo
Health Transition
Monkey Kidneys and the Ebbing Tides
Into the Woods
Yambuku
The American Bicentennial
Nzara
Distant Thunder
Vinidogodogo Danger A Very Little Thing
Feminine Hygiene As Debated Mostly by Men
The Revenge of the Germs or Just Keep Inventing New Drugs
Thirdworldization
All in Good Haste
Nature and Homo sapiens
Searching for Solutions

Revolution
Microbe Magnets
Afterword
Acknowledgments

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Laurie Garrett is a science contributor for NBC News and MSNBC and a former senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations. She was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Journalism in 1996 for a series of works published in Newsday, and has also been awarded the Polk and Peabody Prizes. She is the author of The Coming Plague, Betrayal of Trust, and Ebola: Story of an Outbreak.

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