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Betrayal of Trust: The Collapse of Global Public Health

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: (Published 28 July 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:239
  1. Amir Attaran, director
  1. International Health Research, Center for International Development, Harvard University, Massachusetts, USA

    Betrayal of Trust: The Collapse of Global Public Health

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    Laurie Garrett

    Hyperion Books, $16.95, pp 768

    ISBN 0 7868 8440 1

    Oxford University Press, £24.95, pp 540

    ISBN 0 19 8509952

    (UK edition available October 2001)

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    Reading most public health books is merely sad; reading Laurie Garrett's Betrayal of Trust, however, is absolutely terrifying.

    This book is divided into five chapters, any one of which is the stuff of nightmares. All concern “the collapse of global public health,” as the subtitle reads. Garrett's tone is journalistic, even pugilistic, as she relates in each chapter another instance of public health systems gone to pot. Her …

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