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Beating back the devil : on the front lines with the disease detectives of the Epidemic Intelligence Service, Maryn McKenna

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Beating back the devil : on the front lines with the disease detectives of the Epidemic Intelligence Service
Title
Beating back the devil
Title remainder
on the front lines with the disease detectives of the Epidemic Intelligence Service
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Maryn McKenna
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In war against diseases, they are the Special Forces. They always keep a bag packed. They seldom have more than twenty-four hours' notice before they are dispatched. The phone calls that tell them to head to the airport, sometimes in the middle of the night, may give them no more information than the country they are traveling to and the epidemic they will tackle when they get there. The universal human instinct is to run from an outbreak of disease. These doctors run toward it. They are the disease detective corps of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)--the federal agency that tracks and tries to prevent disease outbreaks and bioterrorist attacks around the world. They are formally called the Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS), a group founded more than fifty years ago out of fear that the Korean War might bring the use of biological weapons and, like intelligence operatives in the traditional sense, they perform their work largely in anonymity. They are not household names, but over the years they were first to confront the outbreaks that became known as Hantavirus, Ebola virus, and AIDS. Now they hunt down the deadly threats that dominate our headlines: West Nile virus, anthrax, and SARS. In this riveting narrative, Maryn McKenna, the only journalist ever given full access to the EIS in its fifty-three-year history, follows the first class of disease detectives to come to the CDC after September 11. The first to confront not just naturally occurring outbreaks but the man made threat of bioterrorism. They are talented researchers, many with young families who trade two years of low pay and extremely long hours for the chance to be part of the group that has helped eradicate smallpox, push back polio, and solve the first major outbreaks of Legionnaires' disease, toxic shock syndrome, and E. coli O157. Urgent, exhilarating, and compelling, Beating Back the Devil goes with the EIS as they try to stop epidemics before the epidemics stop us. McKenna takes readers to the frontline of a never-ending war, as the Epidemic Intelligence Service (E.I.S.) tries to track down and stop new health threats like SARS, anthrax, and West Nile Virus before it's too late
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DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
McKenna, Maryn
Dewey number
614.4
Index
index present
LC call number
RA653
LC item number
.M38 2004
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
NLM call number
  • 2004 L-138
  • WA 11.1
NLM item number
M478b 2004
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Centers for Disease Control (U.S.)
  • Centers for Disease Control (U.S.)
  • Centers for Disease Control (U.S.)
  • Epidemiology
  • Epidemiologists
  • Epidemiology
  • History, 20th Century
  • Epidemiologists
  • Epidemiology
  • United States
  • Epidemieën
  • Biologische wapens
  • Inlichtingendiensten
  • Terrorisme
  • Epidemiologists
  • Epidemiology
  • Centers for Disease Control (U.S.). Epidemic Intelligence Service
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Beating back the devil : on the front lines with the disease detectives of the Epidemic Intelligence Service, Maryn McKenna
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 272-289) and index
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prologue : July 2002, Anniston, Alabama -- Training : July 2002, Atlanta -- Polio : 1955, Atlanta -- West Nile virus : August-October 2002, Atlanta -- Smallpox : 1972, Bangladesh -- Listeriosis : August-November 2002, Philadelphia -- AIDS : 1981, Los Angeles -- Uniformity : November-December 2002, Atlanta -- War : 1994, Zaire -- Malaria : March 2003, Malawi -- Tuberculosis : 1999-2000, Baltimore and New York -- Drug-resistant staphylococcus : March-June 2003, Los Angeles -- Terrorism : 2001, New York City and Washington, D.C. -- SARS : March-July 2003, Hanoi and Bangkok -- Epilogue : July-September 2003
Control code
ocm55729837
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
x, 303 pages
Isbn
9780743251327
Lccn
2004053214
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o55729837
  • (OCoLC)55729837
Label
Beating back the devil : on the front lines with the disease detectives of the Epidemic Intelligence Service, Maryn McKenna
Link
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 272-289) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prologue : July 2002, Anniston, Alabama -- Training : July 2002, Atlanta -- Polio : 1955, Atlanta -- West Nile virus : August-October 2002, Atlanta -- Smallpox : 1972, Bangladesh -- Listeriosis : August-November 2002, Philadelphia -- AIDS : 1981, Los Angeles -- Uniformity : November-December 2002, Atlanta -- War : 1994, Zaire -- Malaria : March 2003, Malawi -- Tuberculosis : 1999-2000, Baltimore and New York -- Drug-resistant staphylococcus : March-June 2003, Los Angeles -- Terrorism : 2001, New York City and Washington, D.C. -- SARS : March-July 2003, Hanoi and Bangkok -- Epilogue : July-September 2003
Control code
ocm55729837
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
x, 303 pages
Isbn
9780743251327
Lccn
2004053214
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o55729837
  • (OCoLC)55729837

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