The Health of Nations: The Campaign to End Polio and Eradicate Epidemic Diseases 1st Edition, Kindle Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-1786070685
ISBN-10: 1786070685
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"Bartlett’s The Health of Nations is a well-researched and accessible book. Her writing is clear yet nuanced, and offers compassion, a broad respect for history, and the skills of a strong storyteller. The story of polio ties together chapters on attempts to control or eradicate various infectious diseases, and Bartlett, a journalist, film-maker, and author, argues that the infrastructure developed by anti-polio campaigns is invaluable in controlling other infectious diseases. Quotes from infectious disease leaders, whom she has interviewed and researched, add to the interwoven stories. Several concerns and questions link the chapters together. Should the focus be on a single virus or on interventions at broader environmental levels? How can environmental costs be anticipated and weighed? How should local control be balanced with the expertise and efficiency of international public and private organizations? How has the balance between individual liberties and the public’s health evolved over the centuries? The author does not offer simple solutions, but is optimistic about efforts of the Gates Foundation’s polio legacy transition planning, and support from unlikely partners.
Recommended. All Readers."
―CHOICE Magazine

"Bartlett makes it abundantly clear that research to reduce the impact of infectious disease is progressing but that politics, budgetary constraints, competing priorities, and ego clashes are serious impediments.”

―Kirkus Reviews


― Publishers Weekly

"Smallpox, polio, measles, and malaria are a few of the diseases that cause devastation in many countries. Smallpox has been eradicated, but ridding the world of other viruses is not easy. Bartlett (with Eva Schloss, After Auschwitz: A Story of Heartbreak and Survival), a London-based journalist and former director of human rights group Charter88, takes readers on an epidemiological tour to see how public health professionals fight disease around the globe. From Edward Jenner's discovery that inoculating people with cowpox would prevent smallpox to the development of rival polio vaccines by Jonas Salk and Albert Sabin to efforts to contain outbreaks of Ebola and Zika, she looks at the obstacles posed by a lack of resources, government bureaucracies, and the difficulties of reaching isolated rural areas. She also covers the contributions of nonprofits and organizations such as the Gates Foundation. Anyone interested in public health and its interface with politics will find both hope and frustration here. VERDICT A fascinating look at epidemiology and the challenges that public health workers face."

―Library Journal


"A fantastic story about the oddballs and outcasts, hippies and billionaires who have saved millions and millions of lives. As exciting as a thriller and with a happy ending that gives us hope for humankind."

―Johan Norberg, author of Progress

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  • File Size: 2286 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Oneworld Publications; 1 edition (March 2, 2017)
  • Publication Date: March 2, 2017
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01N1MEPZ2
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