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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...

  • Ryan
    Jun 14, 2017

    **I received this book as part of Goodreads' FirstReads giveaway.**I found this book to be a great introduction to infectious disease epidemiology and epidemics/pandemics. Having studied microbiology ...

  • Lisa Workman
    May 13, 2017

    If you're looking for a scary and alarming book about what the future may hold, this is the terrifying medical drama of real life. It is, at times, heavy on the science, but in a way that is well-expl...

  • Jax
    Jun 06, 2017

    quite a eye opener...

  • victor harris
    May 01, 2017

    An excellent breakdown of the pathologies that have reached or have the potential to reach epidemic scale. It gives the science behind the threats (in a comprehensible manner), and how they were trace...

  • Don
    May 15, 2017

    Disclaimer: I got an advance proof through a Goodreads giveaway.Deadliest Enemy covers ground as quickly as a mosquito on an airplane. The coauthors each brought their talents to bear on this importan...