Federal Bodysnatchers and the New Guinea Virus by Robert S. Desowitz
Tales of People, Parasites, and Politics

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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 drugs. Robert S. Desowitz traces the history 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 biomedical industry; and the terrifying shadow of bioterrorism.

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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.
Published October 21, 2002 by W. W. Norton & Company. 224 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Political & Social Sciences, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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Another idiosyncratic jaunt through the world of tropical diseases from the author of Who Gave Pinta to the Santa Maria? (1997).

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