- File Size: 181 KB
- Print Length: 52 pages
- Publication Date: March 20, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B007MAHLJ4
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What's Killing Us: A Practical Guide to Understanding Our Biggest Global Health Problems Kindle Edition
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"What's Killing Us" is a brief guide that lays out the most important challenges and issues in global health care. TED Senior Fellow, global health and development specialist, Alanna Shaikh, shares proven ways to solve problems and improve global health. The book is average but the message is not, Shaikh does enough to whet the appetite of the public on the key factors that will shape global health for the next decade. This educational 52-page book includes the following ten chapters (global health issues): 1. Pandemic influenza, 2. Chronic and noncommunicable diseases, 3. Neglected tropical diseases, 4. HIV and AIDS, 5. Tuberculosis, 6. Weak health care systems, 7. Child mortality, 8. Motherhood, 9. The end of antibiotics, and 10. Climate change.
1. Accessible and concise prose.
2. Excellent topic and Shaikh has great command of it.
3. Excellent format that is applied to each global health issue: The basics, Why we should worry, and What we can do. Excellent approach.
4. Provides a representative list of ten global health issues of importance.
5. Does a good of defining terms. "Pandemic influenza is an epidemic of the flu virus that spreads worldwide."
6. A lot of facts in a brief guide. "Deaths from that 2009 epidemic killed about half the number who die from seasonal flu every year in the U.S., while the catastrophic 1918 flu pandemic killed at least 40 million people; some estimates go as high as 100 million."
7. The issue of obesity. "Obesity has followed globalization. So have many other chronic diseases. As the planet grows increasingly interconnected, and more densely populated, people eat in less healthful ways, exercise less, and therefore face a new set of threats to their health."
8. Poverty. "Infectious diseases are returning to wealthy countries, while chronic and noncommunicable diseases are showing up in poor countries as the lifestyles of the poor change."
9. The reality of HIV in simple terms. "To start with, HIV has no cure. Anti-retroviral medications let people with HIV live near-normal lives, but the instant they lose access to those drugs, their health starts to worsen. The disease is fatal without treatment. HIV is spread through activities like sex and drug use, which can be tough to change."
10. Interesting look at tuberculosis. "TB is our biggest global pandemic, though it doesn't always make headlines. One out of every three people on this planet is infected with TB bacteria."
11. The key issues when evaluating a health care system.
12. Interesting points, here's one on child illnesses. "Childhood illness also stalls innovation and creativity. When your child is sick, you're not having brilliant ideas or starting a small business. You are just trying to take care of your sick kid."
13. The importance of improving maternal health. "Improving maternal health is one of the eight millennium development goals, a set of high-level poverty-reduction priorities agreed upon by all U.N. member states. Countries have committed to reduce their maternal mortality ratios 75 percent by 2015."
14. Alarming and little known fact, "Based on current projections, antibiotics will stop working in 10 years. Completely. A gene has appeared that makes bacteria resistant to almost all antibiotics." Find out what gene it is.
15. Climate change is a reality! "Climate change, the increase in the global average temperature and the accompanying severe weather events, is the single greatest threat to human health."
16. Notes linked up.
1. This guide is an appetizer for things to come. Way too brief to cover anything comprehensively and the author acknowledge it.
2. Lacks panache. It reads like a PowerPoint presentation.
3. Lack of visual material. Where are the charts, the graphs and tables?
4. Lacks scientific rigor.
5. There are better books covering many of the topics brought up in this guide.
6. No formal bibliography.
In summary, this guide does enough to whet my appetite but not enough to satisfy my hunger. The author succeeds in meeting her goal "to show you a little bit of why I find this work to be so important and so fascinating". I love TED Talks and look forward to a comprehensive book from Ms. Shaikh on this very same topic where we can really sink our teeth in.
Further recommendations: "What Should We Be Worried About?: Real Scenarios That Keep Scientists Up at Night" by John Brockman, "The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: Dispatches from the Front Lines" by Michael E. Mann, "Storms of My Grandchildren: The Truth About the Coming Climate Catastrophe and Our Last Chance to Save Humanity" by James Hansen, "Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming 1st (first) Edition by Oreskes, Naomi, Conway, Erik M. (2010)" by Naomi Oreskes, "The Healing of America: A Global Quest for Better, Cheaper, and Fairer Health Care" by T.R. Reid, "The Upstream Doctors: Medical Innovators Track Sickness to Its Source (Kindle Single) (TED Books)" by Rishi Manchada, and "The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer" by Sidhartha Mukherjee.
From now on, we should act.