From the author of the New York Times bestseller, The Coming Plague, comes an explosive new work on a full-blown global health crisis in the making. Garrett takes readers around the world to reveal how a series of potential and present public health catastrophies mark the death of public health and taken together form a terrifying portrait of real global disaster in the making.
Public health is a bond between a government and its people and if either side betrays that trust the system is likely to collapse like a house of cards. Garrett illustrates how over the last twenty years this trust has frayed and our global public health system systematically destroyed. With globalization, no person is safe from anti-biotic resistant 'superbugs', epidemics or biowar. Garrett takes us to India, where an outbreak of bubonic plague created international hysteria. To Zaire where
the deadly Ebola virus broke out in a filthy and completely unequipped hospital. The 15 States of the former soviet Union have seen the most astounding collapse in public health in the industrialised world. She also exposes the increasingly chaotic, ungoverned world of biological terrorism, a threat
we have yet to fully comprehend.
Betrayal of Trust is a monumental achievement and a wake-up call to all those involved in public health. In the aftermath of September 11 her story rings only too true.
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Number of pages: 496
Weight: 630 g
Dimensions: 225 x 147 x 25 mm
. . . extremely well researched . . . Garrett paints a frightening picture of the public health threats posed in the twenty-first century . . . the global community is still failing to grasp the reality that 'the health of each one member rises or falls with the health of others.' * European Journal of Public Health, Vol 13, No 3 *
. . . [Garrett's] dedication to her topic is awesome . . . The amount of research included in the book is remarkable . . . The great strength of this book, in my opinion, is Garrett's conscientious exploration of the conditions contributing to the epidemics she describes . . . certainly a very important book - one that has the potential to inspire or terrify. * Cambridge Medicine *