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30 review for Outbreaks and Epidemics: Battling Infection from Measles to Coronavirus (Hot Science)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Dima Yousef Jadaan

    This is a newly published and timely book/summary about public health issues and efforts to control a range of infectious diseases. The book starts by explaining some definitions such as the difference between outbreak, epidemic, and pandemic; latent period vs incubation period; zoonosis; herd immunity; and how infections are borne. Subsequent chapters cover a variety of topics including the influence of politics and anti-vaxxers on attempts to control the spread of pathogens; old diseases such This is a newly published and timely book/summary about public health issues and efforts to control a range of infectious diseases. The book starts by explaining some definitions such as the difference between outbreak, epidemic, and pandemic; latent period vs incubation period; zoonosis; herd immunity; and how infections are borne. Subsequent chapters cover a variety of topics including the influence of politics and anti-vaxxers on attempts to control the spread of pathogens; old diseases such as TB and Polio; emerging diseases such as Zika and SARS; vector-borne diseases transmitted by mosquitoes (with a focus on dengue and Zika); and zoonotic diseases such as Ebola and the flu. The book also discusses the growing problem of antimicrobial resistance and ends by comparing elimination and eradication strategies with examples from yaws, HIV, and malaria.⁣ ⁣ The book is short and succinct (too succinct for me), and feels like it has been rushed to publication, with very little coverage of COVID-19. In my opinion, the first 2 chapters are disjointed and do not flow well. But the book does get better later on. The sections covering vector-borne diseases (chapter 5), Ebola and the flu (chapter 7) were my favourite, although they still lacked depth. Furthermore, there's no reference to studies that are cited throughout the book.⁣ ⁣ Overall, the book is an easy straightforward read. It is informative and short and might suit readers seeking to learn some public health aspects of selected infectious diseases.⁣

  2. 5 out of 5

    Rina

    This book was timely. I had to admit that I wouldn’t have been interested in this particular topic had it not been for Covid 19. I did a quick skim through recently released titles covering the topic of Covid 19. As expected, a lot of them were products of rushed jobs by authors and publishing companies wishing to cash out given the trend. This book wasn’t immune to this phenomenon, but I would say it was more properly written than a lot of them. Aside from the fact that Covid 19 was mostly only This book was timely. I had to admit that I wouldn’t have been interested in this particular topic had it not been for Covid 19. I did a quick skim through recently released titles covering the topic of Covid 19. As expected, a lot of them were products of rushed jobs by authors and publishing companies wishing to cash out given the trend. This book wasn’t immune to this phenomenon, but I would say it was more properly written than a lot of them. Aside from the fact that Covid 19 was mostly only covered in the Introduction, and subsequent chapters only had sprinkles of the topic, the book did cover outbreaks and epidemics in the world from different aspects. And I did learn a few things from this book.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Ivy-Mabel Fling

    This is (understandably) not focused to any great extent on the present pandemic but is interesting to read, particularly as it talks a lot about illnesses that are largely ignored in the west, like yaws and leprosy. I learnt quite a bit. It takes a very scientific approach, so will not appeal to those who, for whatever reason, would consider themselves anti-vaxxers.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Maxime Lenormand

    Interesting read on the status of infectious diseases out there currently, why they are still around and what are the challenges in handling them. These days are a weird time to read about epidemics, yet help understand the situation. This books is part of the ways to see the bigger picture

  5. 4 out of 5

    Nicola

    A great little book to fill you in on the epidemics, pandemics and infectious diseases plaguing the world at large. It’s written in a very accessible way, for the scientist and science enthusiast alike or for anyone who has an interest in wanting to know more about diseases and their spread. It starts with the helpful foundations of the subject area, explaining and outlining common terms and concepts for disease with helpful terminology to deepens understanding (I always get mixed up with Incuba A great little book to fill you in on the epidemics, pandemics and infectious diseases plaguing the world at large. It’s written in a very accessible way, for the scientist and science enthusiast alike or for anyone who has an interest in wanting to know more about diseases and their spread. It starts with the helpful foundations of the subject area, explaining and outlining common terms and concepts for disease with helpful terminology to deepens understanding (I always get mixed up with Incubation Period and Latency Period for instance and it was useful to have a brush up on terms like these) and went on to discuss several diseases and global emerging health concerns which made for very interesting reading. I already knew a fair bit on the subject matter however I learnt a lot reading this book and it was nice reading newer updates on a current health concerns such as HIV, Malaria, Polio and Guinea Worm to name a few, and what the current methods and plans are for their eradication/ management for the future. Currently being in a Covid-19 pandemic too made this book a relevant read as well and would recommend anyone to pick this up if they had an interest in wanting to know more about outbreaks and epidemics.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Constance Sun

    Its a great book for people without medical knowledge, although a tad dry at the very end. She started off by explaining different terminologies used in this book and focuses on a few organizations that actively participate in the control of diseases. A brief overview of challenges faced, to make a cure or a vaccine. One which is of particular concern is antibiotic resistance. Other major diseases has been brought up and although the world currently focuses on COVID-19, there are still other dis Its a great book for people without medical knowledge, although a tad dry at the very end. She started off by explaining different terminologies used in this book and focuses on a few organizations that actively participate in the control of diseases. A brief overview of challenges faced, to make a cure or a vaccine. One which is of particular concern is antibiotic resistance. Other major diseases has been brought up and although the world currently focuses on COVID-19, there are still other diseases that requires attention. The world plays a part in limiting the spread of diseases and hopefully, we will see an improvement in healthcare systems etc (hard lesson learnt for the unprecedented COVID-19 spread).

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