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Forgotten People, Forgotten Diseases: The Neglected Tropical Diseases and Their Impact on Global Health and Development Hardcover – May 1, 2008

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ISBN-13: 978-1555814403 ISBN-10: 1555814409 Edition: 1st

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"Like a great general mustering his forces, Professor Peter Hotez is gathering the forces of the world community to the fight against mankind's most ancient scourges: leprosy, worm infections, blinding trachoma, and other harrowing tropical diseases.... His crystal clear and powerful text displays the mind of a great scientist and humanist, one who knows every technical detail about the diseases which afflict billions of people and kill millions each decade.... This book is an amazing primer. It can be read by the general reader but also by the specialist in Infectious Diseases.... This book is thrilling on all levels." -- Sonia Ehrlich Sachs, M.D., M.P.H.

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"Like a great general mustering his forces, Professor Peter Hotez is gathering the forces of the world community to the fight against mankind's most ancient scourges: leprosy, worm infections, blinding trachoma, and other harrowing tropical diseases....His crystal clear and powerful text displays the mind of a great scientist and humanist, one who knows every technical detail about the diseases which afflict billions of people and kill millions each decade....This book is an amazing primer. It can be read by the general reader but also by the specialist in Infectious Diseases.... This book is thrilling on all levels."

From the Foreword by Sonia Ehrlich Sachs, M.D., M.P.H., Millennium Village Project of The Earth Institute, and Jeffrey D. Sachs, Ph.D., Special Advisor to U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon and Director of the Earth Institute, Columbia University, New York, NY

"Forgotten People, Forgotten Diseases teaches us about an incredible opportunity we have to control... neglected tropical diseases on a massive scale. I am excited by the possibility of witnessing the elimination of some of these terrible scourges in my lifetime. For all of these reasons, I am hopeful that this book will inspire you and stimulate you to get involved in stamping out the neglected tropical diseases, thereby taking an important step to reaching out in a very tangible way to the world's poorest and most vulnerable people."

From the Foreword by Alyssa Milano, Lead Ambassador for the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 215 pages
  • Publisher: ASM Press; 1 edition (May 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1555814409
  • ISBN-13: 978-1555814403
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 7.2 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,619,716 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Judy Stone on November 29, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Dr. Hotez skillfully introduces readers to an array of "neglected tropical diseases" which devastate the world's poorest populations--2.7 billion of whom live on less than $2 per day. Some of the infections that afflict the poor, such as worms, schistosomiasis, or filariasis (elephantiasis) cause debilitating illnesses. While these diseases are less dramatic and attention fetching than malaria and HIV/AIDS, they have vast personal, social, and economic consequences. Moreover, because of their victims' poverty, these diseases are largely ignored. Dr. Hotez calls much needed attention to a dozen of these diseases.

Dr. Hotez' writing is valuable not only for its timely subject matter but also for its clarity and simplicity. It is a rare skill to be able to reach readers of vastly different levels yet Dr. Hotez effortlessly
explains these diseases as well as their impact in language and detail
appropriate for high-school to post-graduate readers. He also excels at helping readers to understand non-obvious links between poverty, parasitic infections, and HIV/AIDS. For example, Dr. Hotez' explanation of how schistosomiasis, a water-transmitted worm, increases a person's susceptibility to HIV infection and his explanation of how anemia from these and other worms can impair learning and subsequent income-earning ability will be appreciated by critical readers. In short, this book is an excellent primer, with numerous references for more detailed exploration.

Each chapter provides an overview of the organism, the illness it causes, and the social and economic impact of each of these illnesses. The accompanying photographs make a striking impression, and they, as well as the other helpful illustrations, have great visual impact.

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By Susan Sidell on September 1, 2013
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Dr Hotez brings to light a subject many of us don't consider. his book is well written and engaging, more conversational than textbook-y, though there are plenty of pages of data and statistics if you need scientific proof
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0 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Melissa8998 on October 18, 2010
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My professor decided she'd save us money by getting us to order the textbook online. It was very affordable, and arrived in no time. This allowed me to spend less, both time and money, on the required textbook for the course.
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