A leading epidemiologist shares his "powerful and necessary" (Richard Preston, author of The Hot Zone) stories from the front lines of our war on infectious diseases and explains how to prepare for global epidemics featuring a new preface on COVID-19.
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 COVID-19, Ebola, MERS, 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 or coronavirus 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.
|Publisher:||Little, Brown and Company|
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About the Author
Dr. Michael Osterholm is Regents Professor, McKnight Presidential Endowed Chair in Public Health, and the founding director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) at the University of Minnesota. An internationally renowned epidemiologist, he has been at the forefront of public health preparedness, has led many outbreak investigations of international importance, and advises world leaders on the ever-growing list of microbial threats.
Mark Olshaker is an Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker and a New York Times #1 bestselling author of five novels and ten books of nonfiction. His books with FBI profiling pioneer John Douglas have sold millions of copies and offer a unique and intriguing perspective into behavioral science and criminal investigative analysis.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Black Swans and Red Alerts 7
Chapter 2 Annals of Public Health 21
Chapter 3 White Coats and Worn Shoes 30
Chapter 4 The Threat Matrix 49
Chapter 5 The Natural History of Germs 57
Chapter 6 The New World Order 64
Chapter 7 Means of Transmission: Bats, Bugs, Lungs, and Penises 72
Chapter 8 Vaccines: The Sharpest Arrow in Our Quiver 80
Chapter 9 Malaria, AIDS, and TB: Lest We Forget 98
Chapter 10 Gain of Function and Dual Use: The Frankenstein Scenario 111
Chapter 11 Bioterror: Opening Pandora's Box 125
Chapter 12 Ebola: Out of Africa 144
Chapter 13 SARS and MERS: Harbingers of Things to Come 159
Chapter 14 Mosquitoes: Public Health Enemy Number One 178
Chapter 15 Zika: Expecting the Unexpected 205
Chapter 16 Antimicrobials: The Tragedy of the Commons 215
Chapter 17 Fighting the Resistance 237
Chapter 18 Influenza: The King of Infectious Diseases 254
Chapter 19 Pandemic: From Unspeakable to Inevitable 268
Chapter 20 Taking Influenza off the Table 286
Chapter 21 Battle Flan for Survival 299
What People are Saying About This
"Michael Osterholm is one of the best epidemiologistshunters of infectious diseasesof our time. When Osterholm tells us that the potential for global pandemics is a life-or-death issue for every person on the planet, we need to listen. Deadliest Enemy is a powerful and necessary book that looks at the threat of emerging diseases with clarity and realism, and offers us not just fear but plans."
"Deadliest Enemy is a lucid and concise account of how the battle against deadly germs is in many ways the most important war of all. Deadliest Enemy deftly melds authoritative science with a gripping narrative to tell what is arguably the most important story of our era."