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Polio: The Odyssey of Eradication

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In 1988, the World Health Organization launched what was intended to be a twelve-year campaign to wipe out the polio virus and end the disease for all time. Seventeen years after that deadline, and several billion dollars over budget, the polio campaign continues to grind on, vaccinating millions of children and hoping that each new year might see an end to the disease.

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Hardcover, 320 pages
Published October 1st 2018 by Hurst & Co.
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Alex Telfar
Sep 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Interesting book. Ended up skimming the last few chapters.
The most interesting questions covered IMO were;

> Given that there are more deadly diseases, why are we spending so much effort to eradicate polio?

The answer seems to be (vastly simplified); because of FDR. His illness (possibly not even polio, but at the time everyone though it was) lead to massive campaigns by the NFIP. Later, Americans generously footed the bill via the Rotaries, who spent billions on the eradication attempts.

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Steve
Jul 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Excellent look at the microbiology, health policies, and politics of polio eradication

I enjoyed this book. Thomas Abraham created a great story about the ongoing attempt to eradicate polio. He gives a lot of background in polio and vaccines but in a non-technical, very conversational way. The book isn’t so much about polio itself; it’s about the way that the World Health Organization, other multinational health organizations, and different governments collaborated in the effort. It’s also about
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Gregory
May 29, 2019 rated it liked it
This was a very interesting book. Certainly has been helpful to me as I begin my new job. It needs to be better edited. There were quick a few typos or repeated words. He repeats spelled out acronyms and peoples names and positions frequently which initially I found annoying, but I soon found it to be helpful. I do think he spend to much time rehashing material from other chapters when it was pertinent to the current discussion. Maybe I would feel differently if I had not read it so fast, but I ...more
AMAN SUBAIDA
Nov 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: medical professionals, Rotarians.
exceptional unbiased read through the history of the biggest eradication in the history of mankind and its incomplete journey through bureaucracy, internal politics, ethical conflicts and sloppy calculated guesses. as a person whose interested in public health, it sure gave me spiraling goosebumps in every chapter. this is a must read.
Donna
Feb 01, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: finished-2019
The prologue and first chapter of this book should be required reading for everyone concerned with global health. After that, the details are a bit of a slog. Worth reading if you are in the field, but not really aimed at the layman.
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