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The Bookshelf: Feb. 28, 2017

In this week's Bookshelf, our content partner Kirkus Reviews highlights The Health of Nations.

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THE HEALTH OF NATIONS: Towards a World Without Contagious Disease

by Karen Bartlett

Will the world ever be rid of infectious disease? London-based journalist, filmmaker, and author Bartlett reviews attempts to conquer infections from the days of Edward Jenner and the advent of the germ theory of disease to current efforts to eradicate polio… The author begins with smallpox, explaining that the strategy leading to eradication called for “surveillance and containment." ... Bartlett makes it abundantly clear that research to reduce the impact of infectious disease is progressing but that politics, budgetary constraints, competing priorities, and ego clashes are serious impediments.

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