After reading a really depressing fiction book, I reached for the book about horrible epidemics to cheer myself up. And with the exception of the chapter on a refugee camp and terrorism, it worked. Beating Back the Devil is broken up into chapters that deal with specific outbreaks and the EIS agents who worked them. It ranges from TB to AIDS to SARS. The book is based on lots of interviews with the agents past and present, which gives the narrative a sense of personality and veracity.