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The Coming Plague by Laurie Garrett
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Jul 03, 09

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Read in July, 2009

I picked this up without checking the publication date. I was surprised that Garrett didn't mention some of the outbreaks later in the nineties or more than glance at the Rwandan genocide. It was only afterward that I checked the copyright date: 1994. This book is fifteen years old! And while some of it is dated--biology has certainly advanced since then--so much of it is so pertinent that I was 400 pages through before I noticed the date oddity. Surprising that the issues have changed so little, that the cutting edge book from 15 years ago is still so interesting and applicable--doesn't say much for people learning from experience or available scholarship.

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