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Speaking of medical lore...Laurie Garrett, here

Sunflower
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May 20 2009, 6:42pm


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Her 2 acclaimed books, the eerily prescient "The Coming Plague: Newly Emerging Diseases In A World Out Of Balance", (1994) and esp "Betrayal of Trust: The Collapse of Global Public Health" (2000).

Garrett is one of the world's leading medical writers and epidimologists; and she writes in an style clear and easy for the layman to understand. She recently wrote a long snd excellent cover story article in Newsweek about the swine flu, and that's what inspired me to go to the closet and digout her books. When tis whole thing came up, I thought firsthand of her and hoped we'd be hearing from her. "Betrayal of Trust" is esp compelling because she chronichles in painstaking detail the corporitization and privitization of the global health care system and how it has been bogged down by bearucracy and lost its origional sense of mission. She divides the book up into 5 sections, taking on a different part of the world: Africa, Russia, America, a section she calls "Biowar", and a scathing Epoilogue in which she decries what she calls a :"wholesale retreat from public health". Nobody of any political or legislative stripe is spared.

I had heard of Semmelweis but not of the book you mentioned. I will check it out. It is incredible, the lack of common sense...I mean, I would think it would have been a no-brainer--just as you would not touch food with hands thus polluted, so you would not examine or touch a woman in that dangerous condition with unclean hands. ..how did people ever live to grow up. Well, the answer is they didn't....no wonder child mortality used to be so high.
A great book is "London: the Biogrpahy" by Peter Ackroyd....he talks a lot of the condition of the city in 1700's and further back, the health hazards of the city.

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