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Inside the Outbreaks: The Elite Medical Detectives of the Epidemic Intelligence Serviceby Mark Pendergrast
Synopses & Reviews
“Pendergrast ably recounts the last half century of [epidemics] . . . complete with the mystery, intrigue, and gory details of your favorite police procedural drama.”—SEED
“Thorough, ambitious . . . The stories of EIS adventures in places such as Africa and the Middle East and throughout the United States are fascinating.”—Chicago Tribune
Since its founding in 1951, the Epidemic Intelligence Service, a training/service program for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has waged war on disease. When an epidemic hits, the EIS will be there to crack the case, no matter how deadly. Over the years it has had success battling polio, cholera, and smallpox, to name a few, and in recent years has turned to the epidemics plaguing us now—H1N1, HIV/AIDS, and violence, among others.
The successful EIS model has spread internationally: former EIS officers have gone on to become leaders in the realm of public health and have helped to establish similar programs around the world.
Inside the Outbreaks takes readers on a riveting journey through the history of this remarkable organization, following EIS officers on their globetrotting quest to eliminate the most lethal and widespread threats to the worlds health.
“An impressive, occasionally awe-inspiring narrative . . . Fans of medical mysteries will find scores of EIS case histories to slake their appetites in this meticulous history.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Riveting.”—Journal of Clinical Investigation
MARK PENDERGRAST is the author of four other nonfiction books: Mirror Mirror, Uncommon Grounds, Victims of Memory, and For God, Country and Coca-Cola.
A history of the Epidemic Intelligence Service from smallpox to smoking
Since its founding in 1951, the Epidemic Intelligence Service has waged war on every imaginable ailment. When an epidemic hits, the EIS will be there to crack the case, however mysterious or deadly, saving countless lives in the process. Over the years they have successfully battled polio, cholera, and smallpox, to name a few, and in recent years have turned to the epidemics killing us now—smoking, obesity, and gun violence among them.
The successful EIS model has spread internationally: former EIS officers on the staff of the Centers for Disease Control have helped to establish nearly thirty similar programs around the world. EIS veterans have gone on to become leaders in the world of public health in organizations such as the World Health Organization.
Inside the Outbreaks takes readers on a riveting journey through the history of this remarkable organization, following Epidemic Intelligence Service officers on their globetrotting quest to eliminate the most lethal and widespread threats to the worlds health.
About the Author
MARK PENDERGRAST is the author of four nonfiction books, including Uncommon Grounds: A History of Coffee and How It Transformed Our World and Mirror, Mirror: A History of the Human Love Affair with Reflection.
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