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Deadliest Enemy: Our War Against Killer Germs
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Deadliest Enemy: Our War Against Killer Germs

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We are facing an overwhelming army of deadly, invisible enemies. We need a plan -- before it's too late.
Unlike natural disasters, whose destruction is concentrated in a limited area over a period of days, and illnesses, which have devastating effects but are limited to individuals and their families, infectious disease has the terrifying power to disrupt everyday life on a global scale, overwhelming public and private resources and bringing trade and transportation to a grinding halt.
In today's world, it's easier than ever to move people, animals, and materials around the planet, but the same advances that make modern infrastructure so efficient have made epidemics and even pandemics nearly inevitable. And as outbreaks of Ebola, MERS, yellow fever, and Zika have demonstrated, we are woefully underprepared to deal with the fallout. So what can -- and must -- we do in order to protect ourselves from mankind's deadliest enemy?
Drawing on the latest medical science, case studies, policy research, and hard-earned epidemiological lessons, Deadliest Enemy explores the resources and programs we need to develop if we are to keep ourselves safe from infectious disease. The authors show how we could wake up to a reality in which many antibiotics no longer cure, bioterror is a certainty, and the threat of a disastrous influenza pandemic looms ever larger. Only by understanding the challenges we face can we prevent the unthinkable from becoming the inevitable.
Deadliest Enemy is high scientific drama, a chronicle of medical mystery and discovery, a reality check, and a practical plan of action.

Title:Deadliest Enemy: Our War Against Killer Germs
ISBN:0316343692
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:352 pages
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  • Jeanette
    Apr 24, 2017

    It's an ominous read. Truly. This is more a 3.5 star because of the "tone". Smug? He says he is accused of being arrogant. Oh his is not a voice of shy estimation, but of exponential estimations. Trut...

  • Steve
    Feb 05, 2017

    Great science writing and a fascinating storyThere have been several books recently published about the microbiome and how we coexist with it. This book is definitely not about coexistence; it is abou...

  • Rachel Blakeman
    Apr 04, 2017

    There have been a few titles on infectious disease in the past year. If you have already read those, you probably won't learn much new from this one. Our biggest public health infectious disease threa...