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Covid-19

Covid-19: The Pandemic that Never Should Have Happened and How to Stop the Next One

In Covid-19: The Pandemic that Never Should Have Happened and How to Stop the Next One, the veteran science journalist, Debora MacKenzie, lays out the shocking story of how the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic happened and how to make sure this never happens again. Over the last 30 years of epidemics and pandemics, we learned nearly every lesson needed to stop this coronavirus outbreak in its tracks. We heeded almost none of them. The result is a pandemic on a scale never before seen in our lifetimes. Read more…

Pandemic

The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History

Magisterial in its breadth of perspective and depth of research, The Great Influenza provides us with a precise and sobering model as we confront the epidemics looming on our own horizon. As Jon M. Barry concludes, “The final lesson of 1918, a simple one yet one most difficult to execute, is that…those in authority must retain the public’s trust. The way to do that is to distort nothing, to put the best face on nothing, to try to manipulate no one. Lincoln said that first, and best. A leader must make whatever horror exists concrete. Read more…

Superbugs

Superbugs: The Race to Stop an Epidemic

Superbugs is the work of physician, researcher, and ethics professor Matt McCarthy who is on the front lines of a groundbreaking clinical trial testing a new antibiotic to fight lethal superbugs, bacteria that have built up resistance to the life-saving drugs in our rapidly dwindling arsenal. This trial serves as the backdrop for the compulsively readable Superbugs, and the results will impact nothing less than the future of humanity. Dr. Read more…

Pandemic Research

Biography of Resistance: The Epic Battle Between People and Pathogens

The Biography of Resistance is Dr. Zaman’s riveting and timely look at why and how microbes are becoming superbugs. It is a story of science and evolution that looks to history, culture, attitudes and our own individual choices and collective human behavior. Read more…