"Bounces the reader along with him in his jeep, on motorbikes over rugged terrain and on bustling trains. . . . (And) shows what can be accomplished when governments and thousands of health workers focus on a single objective. "--"Wall Street Journal"
"A readable and thorough account by a key player in this outstanding victory for public health."--"Library Journal"
"Gives an intimate sense of what it is like to work on the ground in some of the world's most impoverished countries -- and tells what it is like to contribute to programs that really do change the world."--"Scienceblogs.com/The Guardian"
"Dr. Foege's book . . . remind[s] us how fragile life looks."--"New York Times"
"A reminder of the importance of preventive medicine."--"Jama"
"Inspiring. . . . A fascinating human interest account that is expertly merged with scientific facts."--Pascal James Imperato"Jrnl Of Community Health" (09/15/2011)
"[Foege] writes a mixture of memoir, dry public health guide and riveting tale of an all-consuming mission."--Tiffany O Callaghan"New Scientist" (06/04/2011)"
[Foege] writes a mixture of memoir, dry public health guide and riveting tale of an all-consuming mission. --Tiffany O Callaghan"New Scientist" (06/04/2011)"
Inspiring. . . . A fascinating human interest account that is expertly merged with scientific facts. --Pascal James Imperato"Jrnl Of Community Health" (09/15/2011)"
From the Inside Flap
Bill Foege is one of the public health giants of our times. He was responsible for the design of the campaign that eradicated smallpoxthe most important global health achievement in history and possibly the greatest feat in any field of international cooperation. His insights into the nature of this major event will undoubtedly help to meet the global health challenges of the 21st century.”Julio Frenk, M.D, PhD, Dean, Harvard School of Public Health
The eradication of a disease has long been the holy grail of global health and Bill Foege found it: more than any other person, he was responsible for the eradication of smallpox from the face of the earth. This is a story told by a remarkably humble man, about the extraordinary coalition that he helped to build, and the most impressive global health accomplishment the world has ever seen.”Mark Rosenberg, author of Real Collaboration: What It Takes for Global Health to Succeed
I am thrilled that Bill Foege, one of the great heroes of the smallpox eradication campaign, has written this important book. It tells a beautiful human story of an incredible public health triumph, and is full of lessons that could be applied to many of the global challenges we face today.”Helene D. Gayle MD, President and CEO, CARE USA
Bill Foege’s House on Fire is the first-hand account of how a revised strategy to eradicate smallpox was tested, validated, and applied. Without the global adoption of this new surveillance strategy, the final deathblow to this longtime global menace might never have been dealt.”Adetokunbo O. Lucas, MD, DSc, author of It Was The Best of Times: From Local to Global Health
Smallpox is the most devastating disease the world has known, as it destroyed lives and shaped history over the centuries. House on Fire provides a day-to-day account by my friend Dr. Bill Foege of the battle required to defeat this wily and diabolic virus."--President Jimmy Carter