The Coming Plague Author:Laurie Garrett Laurie Garrett has written a compelling account of the challenges that Nature continually throws at human civilization in the form of infectious diseases. Like earthquakes and hurricanes, the devastating diseases that periodically emerge---so vividly described by her--remind us how thin is the veneer that separates our high-tech society from pe... more »rsonal and communal disaster. By embedding the story of AIDS in stories about so many recently emerged microbes, she reminds us that AIDS is not a unique occurrence but rather that any change in the habits of a society is likely to lead to unforeseen and potentially disastrous consequences. THE COMING PLAGUE is required reading for anyone who wants to understand the march contemporary world history.
Dr David Baltimore, Ivan R Cottrell Professor of Molecular Biology and Immunology, M.T.T. winner of the Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine« less