Inside the Outbreaks: The Elite Medical Detectives of the Epidemic Intelligence Service

Inside the Outbreaks: The Elite Medical Detectives of the Epidemic Intelligence Service

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by Mark Pendergrast
     
 

Since its founding in 1951, the Epidemic Intelligence Service has waged war on every imaginable ailment. With suitcases kept packed, vaccinations at the ready, the EIS’s little-recognized medical professionals and scientists are always on call. And when an epidemic hits, the EIS will be there to crack the case, however mysterious or deadly. Over the years

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Since its founding in 1951, the Epidemic Intelligence Service has waged war on every imaginable ailment. With suitcases kept packed, vaccinations at the ready, the EIS’s little-recognized medical professionals and scientists are always on call. And when an epidemic hits, the EIS will be there to crack the case, however mysterious or deadly. Over the years they have successfully battled polio, cholera, and smallpox, to name a few, and in recent years have turned to the epidemics killing us now—smoking, obesity, and gun violence among them.

These professionals have not served without controversy. But for the most part, they have performed their tasks—difficult, dangerous, or dead end—without fanfare, saving countless lives in the process. The successful EIS model has also spread internationally: former EIS officers on the staff of the Centers for Disease Control have helped to establish nearly thirty similar programs around the world. EIS veterans have gone on to become leaders in the world of public health in organizations such as the World Health Organization.

Track, Investigate, Eradicate takes readers on a riveting journey through the history of this remarkable organization, following Epidemic Intelligence Service officers on their globetrotting quest to eliminate the most lethal and widespread threats to the world’s health.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780151011209
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
04/13/2010
Pages:
418
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

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Table of Contents

Parable ix

Introduction xi

I The Grand Adventures of Dr. Langmuir's Boys (1951-1970)

1 Cold War, Hot Pathogens 3

2 Throwing Them Overboard 9

3 Killer Vaccine, Goat-Hair Anthrax, Rabid Bats, and Staph Attacks 20

4 Pandemic Flu, Purple Enteritis on Mars, Polio Problems 33

5 New Discoveries and Mysteries in the Early Sixties 43

6 The Diaspora 56

7 Fighting Pox, Pandemics, and Special Pathogens 72

8 Eradication Escalation 91

II The Golden Age of EPI (1970-1982)

9 Not Just Infections Anymore 109

10 Surveillance and Containment 126

11 Target Zero 147

12 The Year of Living Dangerously 160

13 Superwomen (and Men) of the Late Seventies 180

14 Budget Wars and New Plagues 198

III Complex Challenges (1982-Present)

15 Entering the Computer Age 219

16 Unexpected Connections 236

17 Emerging Infections 257

18 Rough Sledding 288

19 Approaching a New Millennium 306

20 Full Circle 326

21 Into the Twenty-First Century 339

22 L'Experience Fait la Difference 354

Epilogue: The EIS Legacy 363

A Note on Sources 372

Acknowledgments 388

Index 391

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