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Federal Bodysnatchers and the New Guinea Virus: Tales of Parasites, People, and Politics
     

Federal Bodysnatchers and the New Guinea Virus: Tales of Parasites, People, and Politics

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by Robert S. Desowitz
 

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"[Desowitz's] stories...rank among the best current examples of medical detective prose."—Booklist
Twenty years ago the world slept, confident that biomedical science would protect it from devastating plagues. Our wake-up call sounded at the outbreak of the AIDS epidemic. Then came more unfamiliar pathogens in its wake, such as the West Nile virus.

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"[Desowitz's] stories...rank among the best current examples of medical detective prose."—Booklist
Twenty years ago the world slept, confident that biomedical science would protect it from devastating plagues. Our wake-up call sounded at the outbreak of the AIDS epidemic. Then came more unfamiliar pathogens in its wake, such as the West Nile virus. Meanwhile, the neglected diseases of the third world, including malaria and African sleeping sickness, festered—their victims salvageable only by unaffordable, patent-protected drugs. Robert S. Desowitz traces the histories of these diseases and the issues we must confront—the morality and legality of patent laws, the effect of global warming on epidemics, public support for the commercial biochemical industry, the growing dissociation of clinicians and public health professionals, and the terrifying shadow of bioterrorism.

Editorial Reviews

Michiko Kakutani - New York Times
“Desowitz manages to make the basic principles of his subject immediately comprehensible to the general reader.”
Robert Lee Hotz - Los Angeles Times
“[Desowitz is] a knowledgeable and irascible veteran of the world's public health wars.”
New York Review of Books
“Charmingly wry....Desowitz shows that to protect human health, we need to keep an eye onpharmaceutical, chemical, and other corporations, just as we need to keep an eye on foreign terrorists.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393325461
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
02/19/2003
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.70(d)

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Meet the Author

Robert S. Desowitz, a leading epidemiologist, is the author of New Guinea Tape Worms and Jewish Grandmothers and The Malaria Capers, among other books. He lives in Pinehurst, North Carolina.

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