The Coming Plague

Newly Emerging Diseases in a World Out of Balance

By Laurie Garrett
(Penguin Books, Paperback, 9780140250916, 768pp.)

Publication Date: October 1995

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Description
Unpurified drinking water. Improper use of antibiotics. Local warfare. Massive refugee migration. Changing social and environmental conditions around the world have fostered the spread of new and potentially devastating viruses and diseases--HIV, Lassa, Ebola, and others. Laurie Garrett takes you on a fifty-year journey through the world's battles with microbes and examines the worldwide conditions that have culminated in recurrent outbreaks of newly discovered diseases, epidemics of diseases migrating to new areas, and mutated old diseases that are no longer curable. She argues that it is not too late to take action to prevent the further onslaught of viruses and microbes, and offers possible solutions for a healthier future.



About the Author
Garrett is a Pulitzer Prize-winnng reporter who has been a health and science writer for Newsday since 1988, and a frequent contributor to such publications as The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, and Foreign Affairs. Previously, she was science correspondent for NPR.
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