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The End of Epidemics: The Looming Threat to Humanity and How to Stop It
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Jonathan D. Quick Bronwyn Fryer
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The End of Epidemics: The Looming Threat to Humanity and How to Stop It

Jonathan D. Quick Bronwyn Fryer David Heymann


Scribe Publications

Public health & preventive medicine;
Epidemiology & medical statistics;
Diseases & disorders;
Mathematics & Sciences;
Popular science


288 pages

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AIDS. Ebola. Bird flu. SARS. Year after year we manage new viruses thanks to the tireless work done in labs and hot zones around the world. Now, Jonathan Quick explains how we could end epidemics forever.

Somewhere out there, a killer virus is boiling up in the bloodstream of a bird, bat, monkey, or pig, preparing to jump to a human being. This as-yet-undetected germ has the potential to wipe out millions of lives over a matter of weeks or months. That risk makes the threat posed by ISIS, a ground war, a massive climate event, or even the dropping of a nuclear bomb on a major city pale by comparison.

This epidemic could come upon us without warning, as we succumb to fear, denial, and panic, and shield ourselves with complacency, hubris, and our own financial self-interest. Yet The End of Epidemics is about hope. Leading public-health expert Jonathan Quick tells the stories of the heroes, past and present, who've succeeded in their fights to stop the spread of illness and death. He explains the science and the politics of epidemics. And he shows exactly how we can prevent, and end, epidemics in the future.

By:   Jonathan D. Quick
With:   Bronwyn Fryer
Foreword by:   David Heymann
Imprint:   Scribe Publications
Country of Publication:   Australia
ISBN:   9781925322347
ISBN 10:   1925322343
Pages:   288
Publication Date:   March 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Jonathan D. Quick is a family physician, an instructor at Harvard Medical School, and the president and CEO of the non-profit organisation Management Sciences for Health. Through MSH, he improves the health systems in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. With over 35 years in the field, he is a leading expert in global health.

`Quick offers a humane, readable, coherent analysis for would-be health leaders and disease responders, organised simultaneously as a handy reference tool for crisis response, and an outbreak explainer that in parts, thanks to assisting science writer Bronwyn Fryer, sizzles.' - The Lancet `[S]even ways of preventing an infectious disease from reaching its pandemic potential ... What makes [The End of Epidemics] a good, highly readable primer are its convincing examples and vivid human stories.' -The Economist `Pragmatic, insightful and research-rich, this is a key volume for the policymaker's shelf.' -Nature `Infectious disease outbreaks rival natural disasters and wars in their capacity to endanger human health, cripple economies and disrupt societies. The End of Epidemics shows us that by learning from the past we can build a world more resilient to infectious disease. But we must act quickly.' -Dr. Jeremy Farrar, director, Wellcome Trust `Dr Quick has written a fascinating book. Following decades working in some of the world's most epidemic-prone countries, he argues for scientific and public health developments that can save humanity from deadly micro-organisms.' -Dr. David Heymann, professor, Infectious Disease Epidemiology, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine `A down to earth account of what we know about epidemics, packaged wisely in 7 basic recommendations for action. The End of Epidemics proposes a new marriage of stakeholders: patients, communities, industry, doctors, political leaders, NGOs and philanthropies. Must read!' -Dr. Joanne Liu, International President, MSF (Doctors Without Borders) `Dr. Quick makes a compelling case for the public and private sector to elevate their work on preparation, response and rehabilitation around epidemics. The End of Epidemics makes the case from a social and an economic perspective that we have a collective responsibility to take action now.' -Paul Polman, Chief Executive Officer, Unilever `The End of Epidemics presents actions, insights and a compelling tale of how individuals - whether citizens or leaders - can stand together with science and innovation to slow or stop the ever-present risk of disease outbreaks and epidemics. His message: the power of Seven, power of one and the power of many.' -Dr. Heidi Larsen, director, Vaccine Confidence Project `Rich in stories, The End of Epidemics is a powerful wake up call to get serious about epidemic threats. Quick offers down to earth solutions to prevent small and mega pandemics, a hundred years after the catastrophic 1918 Spanish flu.' -Professor Peter Piot, director, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine `The End of Epidemics presents the challenge represented by global epidemiological risks and offers a convincing set of prescriptions to address them. It is a captivating book that combines the best public health evidence with compelling real-life stories.' -Dr. Julio Frenk, president, University Of Miami; former minister of health, Mexico; and former dean, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health `Quick is an internationally recognised leader in global heath - his focus on innovation and new technologies is vital to pandemic threat prevention and preparedness to save lives around the globe.' -Dr. Rajiv Shah, president, Rockefeller Foundation `Jonathan Quick offers a compelling and intensely readable plan to prevent worldwide infectious outbreaks. The End of Epidemics is essential reading for those who might be affected by a future pandemic - that is, just about everyone.' -Sandeep Jauhar, bestselling author of Intern and Doctored `Dr. Jonathan Quick has written an insightful, accessible and personal history of modern epidemics, including such killers as smallpox and Ebola, and their dramatic impact on our lives and world. More importantly, Dr. Quick is not merely wringing his hands about the infectious catastrophes that are surely facing us, but focuses on the important actions needed to prevent social, economic and health consequences of inattention. Governments, international institutions, the private sector, and civil society had better take heed: prepare and plan now - or pay the price, in dollars and lives, tomorrow.' -Rear Admiral Kenneth Bernard, former senior official for Biodefense And Health Security under President G.W. Bush and President Clinton `A well-documented and gripping account of the peril posed by pandemics. Dr. Quick, a global health leader from the front lines of the AIDS and Ebola, weaves rich historical facts and decades of personal experience to ring the alarm over the pandemic threat.' -Dr. Ariel Pablos-Mendez, former head of Global Health, US Agency for International Development `Once in a while, we get a state-of-the-art synthesis of the complex problem of epidemics. Once in a very great while, such a summary is informed by deep experience battling them and by both passion and pragmatism. Only rarely - and this is the case in Quick's The End of Epidemics - is such an informed synthesis as readable as it is informed and as humane as it is pragmatic. The result is inspiring.' -Paul Farmer, MD, Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Partners In Health `Sobering reading for public health officials and infectious disease students and perhaps inspiration for would-be activists to get busy. For general readers: get your flu shot.' -Kirkus Reviews `[I]nformative ... Without excess alarmism, Quick and Fryer show that such factors as climate change, terrorism, and the global food system put the next pandemic just around the corner.' -Publishers Weekly `Dr. Quick's urgent message makes one hope that this book will reach a huge audience and that its exhortations will be acted on everywhere.' -The Wall Street Journal 'For readers interested in their own well-being and public health as well as ways to advocate for issues of great concern and urgency.' -Library Journal `This detailed book not only breaks down the science behind killer viruses, but tells the stories of medical pioneers whose tireless work has prevented debilitating epidemics, and could even help put an end to them forever.' -GQ Australia

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