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Barry Youngerman has been a nonfiction writer, editor, and translator for more than 25 years. He is the author of The Truth About Divorce and The Truth About Alcohol, and coauthor of A Brief History of Afghanistan, all for Facts On File. He lives in New York City. Susan Foster is professor of international health at Boston University School of Public Health. She also serves as the director of Public Policy and Education at Boston's Alliance for the Prudent Use of Antibiotics. Foster has a background in pharmaceutical policy and infectious disease economics, and has worked as an economist with the WHO Essential Drugs Program and with the World Bank's Population, Health, and Nutrition Department.


This indispensable book--which rivals even the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's web site in accessibility and breadth--is a practical guide to understanding communicable diseases and their transmission modes. Youngerman (A Brief History of Afghanistan) first enumerates U.S. pandemics, both historical and contemporary, then identifies infectious pathogens still rampant outside U.S. borders. He gives careful consideration to complex issues that aid disease proliferation, including ecological concerns and information suppression. Highly recommended.--Savannah Schroll Guz, formerly with Smithsonian Lib., Washington, DC Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

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