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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2000

    An Accurate and Captivating Depiction of Modern Public Health

    A surprisingly accurate account of modern public health. Dr. Garrett is able to combine the persepctive of a reporter with that of a scientist. With few inaccuracies, she is able to follow modern crises in public health that is a must read for public health specialists, and for anyone interested in how society 'dysfunctions'.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2000

    Read if you care about Public Health

    Laurie Garrett does not write short books. But it's worth the effort ploughing through Betrayal of Trust if you care about Public Health and what its decline could mean for our children and grandchildren if due care and attention is not given to this important part of contemporary life. The frightening problems caused by the collapse of the Public Health system in Russia are a potential lesson to us all who live in the USA; Garrett chillingly portrays the grim situation now faced by the Russian people. If such problems can happen in a relatively sophisticated country, then we need to think of the problems of less well developed countries. And again Garrett brings the message home with her writing. Nowadays, infectious diseases know no borders, and their spread can occur with frightening rapidity. Garrett documents this with her own observations of Plague in India and Ebola in Zaire. Add in a chapter on bioterrorism and it becomes clear that this is a book that can have a real impact on one's thinking. Sure, there are probably some factual errors here and there, which is probably not surprising in a book of this length. But look at the big picture - which is what this book is very much about.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2000

    A Caution Against Complacency, good luck

    I bought this book because I have faith in NPR and its interviews. Ms Garrett chronicles fine annecdotes, blends them with more than mildly disturbing facts, and thoroughly upset me. I wish I could do something beyond reading this book. The sad fact is, being the first to review Betrayal of Trust means I am the first of 8 billion people Garrett is trying to reach. I hope this note will cause more to read (if not buy) it. Perhaps then the two of us can organize a 60's style protest? I wish to thank the author for clearly demonstrating popular misconceptions and governmental maladministration and unresponsiveness in this age of international democratization. That old line from Dickens 'let them die and decrease the surplus population' is evidently just around the corner. The author, however, intimates we all might be surplus when the next epidemic strikes.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2000

    How nicely written but not entirely true

    In the book ¿Betrayal of Trust: The collapse of global public health¿ the author managed to convey the past and the present public health problems in a very unique form that ¿attracts readers eye¿. Laurie Garret succeeded to highlight the issues of poverty, social disparities, political unrest and their relation to health in a number of countries. On the other hand, the content of information was biased due to its selective nature of presentation (at least in chapter on the Former Soviet Union). Nevertheless, overall the book is a standalone powerful tool that is targeted on a general public in order to raise its awareness of the problems of the global public health.

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    Posted January 12, 2012

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