Federal Bodysnatchers and the New Guinea Virus: Tales of People, Parasites, and Politics

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Twenty years ago the world slept, confident that biomedical science would protect it from devastating plagues. Our wake-up call sounded at the outbreak of the AIDS epidemic. Then came more unfamiliar pathogens in its wake, such as the West Nile Virus. Meanwhile, the neglected diseases of the Third World, including malaria and African sleeping sickness, festered, their victims salvageable only by unaffordable drugs. Robert S. Desowitz traces the history of these diseases and the issues we must confront - the morality and legality of patent laws; the effect of global warming on epidemics; public support for the commercial biomedical industry; and the terrifying shadow of bioterrorism.

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ROBERT S. DESOWITZ is the author of The Malaria Capers: a thundering good read (The Observer); a cracking good book (John Gribbin, New Scientist); exceptionally well written (The Daily Telegraph) and an astonishing, seamlessly-written book. (Heather Couper, TES).

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