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What's Killing Us: A Practical Guide to Understanding Our Biggest Global Health Problems

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In the past decade, we’ve changed the way we collectively view the health of the 7 billion people who occupy this planet. Health issues were once seen as an isolated national or regional problem; now they are a global concern. In 'What's Killing Us: A Practical Guide to Understanding Our Biggest Global Health Problems,' 2011 TED Senior Fellow and healthcare expert Alanna S ...more
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Published 2012 by TED Books
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George
TOO DEPRESSING.

With chapter titles like, “Pandemic influenza,’ ‘Chronic and noncommunicable diseases,’ ‘HIV and AIDS,’ ‘Tuberculosis.’ ‘Weak health care systems,’ ‘Child mortality,’ ‘Motherhood,’ ‘The end of antibiotics,’ and ‘Climate change'—I wasn’t expecting Alanna Shaikh’s TEDbook, 'What’s Killing Us: A Practical Guide to Understanding Our Biggest Global Health Problems' to be an entertaining read; but I didn’t expect it to be the completely depressing, ‘the sky is falling—for real, finally
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What's Killing Us: A Practical Guide to Understanding Our Biggest Global Health Problems by Alanna Shaikh

"What's Killing Us" is a brief guide that lays out the most important challenges and issues in global health care. TED Senior Fellow, global health and development specialist, Alanna Shaikh, shares proven ways to solve problems and improve global health. The book is average but the message is not, Shaikh does enough to whet the appetite of the public on the key factors that will shape global
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Michelle
Nov 24, 2013 Michelle rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone interested in global health
Alanna Shaikh's essay "What's Killing Us: A Practical Guide to Understanding Our Biggest Global Health Problems" is a short primer on the state of global health. It is designed to provide an overview so that those who are interested can then move forward with further research.

It was facts like this though that completely scared me:

TB is our biggest global pandemic, though it doesn't always make headlines. One out of every three people on this planet is infected with TB bacteria. Not all of those
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Ngan
This is a general introduction to the most pressing concerns in global health today. In this short book, TED Fellow Alanna Shaikh presents the basics of several global health issues (including the flu, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, and child mortality), why we should be concerned, and what we can do about it. Though most of these issues were not new to me, I was very surprised to read that bacteria resistant to antibiotics will make antibiotics useless in about a decade. A good introductory read for t ...more
Amy
I think was an excellent intro into current global health problems. It is very short and by no means in depth, but that isn't its goal. Anyone who is interested in how global health will take shape over the next decade or so should definitely give this a read. It is an excellent platform into a more detailed analysis of global public health problems. It isn't loaded with jargon and is thus an easy read even if you lack significant knowledge in this field.
David Meyers
In this ebook, Alanna Shaikh provides a very quick and basic overview into some of the world's largest global health issues. For a scholar of global health, this ebook will be a very fast read, and not a whole lot of value will be gained. However, I would recommend this book highly for someone who is just becoming interested in the field of global health as a jumping off point to learn more.
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