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16 Dec 2013

Pandemics and plagues: the fight of our lives (COSMOS magazine, December 16 2013, extract)

[Source: Cosmos Magazine, full page: (LINK). Extract.]

Pandemics and plagues: the fight of our lives

COSMOS magazine by Adam Jenney  

Pandemics: What everyone needs to know. Peter Doherty, Oxford University Press (2013) RRP $23.99

The End of Plagues: The global battle against infectious diseases. John Rhodes, Palgrave Macmillan (2013) RRP $29.99


AUSTRALIAN Nobel laureate Peter Doherty wondered whether, being first and foremost a research scientist, he was the right person for the job when Oxford University Press approached him to write about pandemics for its eclectic series “What Everyone Needs To Know”. Would not a public health physician or epidemiologist have been better qualified? He is far too modest and we should be delighted that he took on the task. He has delivered a gem of a book that now sits on the shelf in the “need to know” series between Overfishing and Reproductive Politics.