Deadliest Enemy: Our War Against Killer Germs by Michael T. Osterholm

Deadliest Enemy: Our War Against Killer Germs

byMichael T. Osterholm, Mark Olshaker

Hardcover | March 14, 2017

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We are facing an overwhelming army of deadly, invisible enemies. We need a plan -- before it's too late.
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 Ebola, MERS, yellow fever, 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 Enemyexplores 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 pandemic looms ever larger. Only by understanding the challenges we face can we prevent the unthinkable from becoming the inevitable.
Deadliest Enemyis high scientific drama, a chronicle of medical mystery and discovery, a reality check, and a practical plan of action.

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Dr. Osterholmis Regents Professor, McKnight Presidential Endowed Chair in Public Health, the director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP), Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Division of Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health, a professor in the Technological Leadership Institute, Colle...

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Title:Deadliest Enemy: Our War Against Killer GermsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 9.5 × 6.38 × 1.12 inPublished:March 14, 2017Publisher:Little, Brown And CompanyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0316343692

ISBN - 13:9780316343695

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"Dr. Michael Osterholm is 'the Paul Revere of the Germ War.' To those of us who have peered over the horizon and seen the enemy, his work is heroic and critical. So I am extremely gratified that he and Mark Olshaker are now sharing that vital knowledge and insight in their compelling new book, Deadliest Enemy."-Michael Leavitt, former Governor of Utah, Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency and Secretary of Health and Human Services