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The Fears of the Rich, The Needs of the Poor: My Years at the CDC

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In its seventy years, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has evolved from a malaria control program to an institution dedicated to improving health for all people across the world. The Fears of the Rich, The Needs of the Poor is a revealing account of the CDC’s development by its former director, public health luminary William H. Foege.

Dr. Foege tells the

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Kindle Edition, 280 pages
Published April 22nd 2018 by Johns Hopkins University Press
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Maggie
This is interesting and I think essential reading, but in my opinion it's marred by bad choices in editing, layout, footnotes, end-notes, and general inelegance, all of which makes it less accessible, which is a shame, because it's important, and I expect more of Johns Hopkins University Press.

But read it anyway. Read it for the measles stories alone: measles used to kill more than 3 million people a year. Since intensive vaccination programs, it's down to about 100,000, and public health opera
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I enjoyed the content I just wish the narrative was a little more structured as he often referred to various time periods. It was very "stream of thought".
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