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Emerging Disease: Ebola, Culture, and Politics in Africa
In this case study, readers will embark on an improbable journey through the heart of Africa to discover how indigenous people cope with the rapid-killing Ebola virus. The Hewletts are the first anthropologists ever invited by the World Health Organization to join a medical intervention team and assist in efforts to control an Ebola outbreak. Their account addresses politi ...more
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published October 1st 2007 by Wadsworth Pub Co
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Was reading this for my anthropology class, Plagues and Peoples. Being scientific academic work, it was filled with a great deal of repetition which led to a short attention span on my end, but with that said it was pretty interesting. In addition to providing more detailed, insider information on Ebola (as opposed to the usual overly-dramatic media hype) this book spoke to what medical anthropologists can offer in not only the fight against Ebola but other epidemics and bioterrorism situations. ...more
If you want to understand why Ebola seems to be out of control in West Africa, Hewlett's book will give you some insights. True the examples are not from today's sites but how the disease spreads, how culture contributes to this and how the inability of government's to provide for health needs are all explained here. More over, the author shows how anthropological understanding can make dealing with these issues can be improved thereby contributing to more effective interventions.