Saturday, May 29, 2010

Book Review: Inside the Outbreaks: The Elite Medical Detectives of the Epidemic Intelligence Service by Mark Pendergrast



Book: Inside the Outbreaks: The Elite Medical Detectives of the Epidemic Intelligence Service by Mark Pendergrast

About: Pendergrast tells stories of the Center for Disease Control's Epidemic Intelligence Service. The EIS officers travel around the world combating and solving epidemics.


Pros: Fascinating book with a great mix of tales about a variety of locations and diseases.


Cons: Awful organization: It's arranged chronologically so it goes from topic to topic alot. Arranging it by country or disease type would have improved the reader's experience. Far too many "see pages xxx-xxx" footnotes. No in-text cites.

Grade: C+

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