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Pandemics: Our Fears and the Facts by Sunetra Gupta

Pandemics: Our Fears and the Facts

by Sunetra Gupta


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History books abound with accounts of large scale destruction wrought by infectious disease. As recently as 1918, a pandemic of influenza claimed over 50 million lives worldwide. The advent of drugs and vaccines led to an era of hope when we thought our battles with infectious disease were won, but our optimism has been eroded by the recognition that many pathogens have the capacity to transform themselves and escape our efforts to eradicate them. Are we now facing an inevitable repeat of a calamity such as the 1918 influenza pandemic or the Black Death? Can we anticipate and thwart such an event, or are we willfully creating the conditions that would promote the emergence of new and highly virulent human infectious disease?

Sunetra Gupta is Professor of Theoretical Epidemiology at the University of Oxford specializing in infectious diseases. She holds a bachelor's degree from Princeton University and a Ph.D. from the University of London. She has been awarded the Scientific Medal by the Zoological Society of London and the Royal Society Rosalind Franklin Award for her scientific research. She is also a novelist whose books have been awarded the Sahitya Akademi Award, the Southern Arts Literature Prize, shortlisted for the Crossword Award, and long-listed for the DSC and Orange Prizes.


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  • Published: November 2013
  • LearnOutLoud.com Product ID: P092999
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