Recommended. All Readers."
"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.”
― 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."
―Johan Norberg, author of Progress