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The Coming Plague: Newly Emerging Diseases in a World out of Balance

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.7016.1378 (Published 18 November 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:1378
  1. Kevin M De Cock

    Laurie Garrett Virago, pounds sterling20, pp 750 ISBN 1 85381 764 3

    Optimism that followed the development of effective antibiotics, vaccines, and ambitious public health programmes has been confounded by the emergence of new infectious diseases and resurgence of old ones, sometimes in impressive epidemics. The changing nature of infectious disease epidemiology results from the altered balance between host (humans), agent (the microbe), and environment; this is the subject matter of this excellent book by the American journalist Laurie Garrett.

    The Coming Plague describes for the nonspecialist what several recent official reports in the United States have documented for …

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