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

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Oct 31, 1994 - Science - 250 pages
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"Here is a volume that should be required reading for policy makers and health professionals." - Kirkus Reviews

After four decades of assuming that the conquest of all infectous diseases 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.

Based 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, The Coming Plague takes readers from the savannas of eastern Bolivia to the rain forests of northern Zaire on a harrowing, fifty year journey through our battles with the microbes, and tells us what must be done to prevent the coming plague.

 

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User Review  - kutsuwamushi - LibraryThing

Despite the scaremongering title, this is an interesting and level take on emerging epidemics, primarily focused on past epidemics and their history/epidemiology. Read full review

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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

Contents

Introduction
3
1 Muchupo BOLIVIAN HEMORRHAGIC FEVER
13
2 Health Transition THE AGE OF OPTIMISMSETTING OUT TO ERADICATE DISEASE
30
3 Monkey Kidneys and the Ebbing Tides MARBURG VIRUS YELLOW FEVER AND THE BRAZILIAN MENINGITIS EPIDEMIC
53
4 Into the Woods LASSA FEVER
71
5 Yambuku EBOLA
100
6 The American Bicentennial SWINE FLU AND LEGIONNAIRES DISEASE
153
7 Nzara LASSA EBOLA AND THE DEVELOPING WORLDS ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL POLICIES
192
12 Feminine Hygiene As Debated Mostly by Men TOXIC SHOCK SYNDROME
390
13 The Revenge of the Germs or Just Keep Inventing New Drugs DRUGRESISTANT BACTERIA VIRUSES AND PARASITES
411
14 Thirdworldisation THE INTERACTIONS OF POVERTY POOR HOUSING AND SOCIAL DESPAIR WITH DISEASE
457
15 All in Good Haste HANTAVIRUSES IN AMERICA
528
16 Nature and Homo sapiens SEAL PLAGUE CHOLERA GLOBAL WARMING BIODIVERSITY AND THE MICROBIAL SOUP
550
17 Searching for Solutions PREPAREDNESS SURVEILLANCE AND THE NEW UNDERSTANDING
592
Afterword
621
Notes
623

8 Revolution GENETIC ENGINEERING AND THE DISCOVERY OF ONGOGENES
222
9 Microbe Magnets URBAN CENTERS OF DISEASE
234
10 Distant Thunder SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASES AND INJECTING DRUG USERS
260
11 Hatari Vinidogodogo Danger A Very Little Thing THE ORIGINS OF AIDS
281
Acknowledgments
729
Index
731
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Laurie Garrett wrote her first bestselling book, THE COMING PLAGUE: Newly Emerging Diseases in a World Out of Balance, while splitting her time between the Harvard School of Public Health and the New York newspaper, Newsday. In the 1992-93 academic years Garrett was a Fellow at Harvard, where she worked closely with the emerging diseases group, a collection of faculty concerned about the surge in epidemics of previously unknown or rare viruses and bacteria. The book was published in hardcopy by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux in 1994.

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