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Microbe by Alan Zelicoff
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Sep 01, 2010

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bookshelves: public-health, world-affairs

This book includes a chapter that is an unapologetic sales pitch for software developed by one of the authors, but is engrossing nevertheless. The thesis is that with relatively simple public health monitoring tools, the public health system could deal with epidemics or bio-terrorist attacks much more effectively than it can now.

Several chapters describe different types of infectious disease outbreaks that have caused, or could have caused, serious, widespread health problems. The authors identify potential bio-terrorist agents, but conclude that conventional weapons are far more accessible to terrorists.

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