The ScienceBlogs Book Club

Liz Borkowski

Liz Borkowski writes: I wrote last week about how federal agencies can solve the problems that create conditions for disease outbreaks – or fail to solve them, as is too often the case. This week, I wanted to focus on the role Congress plays in public health agencies’ effectiveness, because that’s another angle that crops…

Liz Borkowski writes: Mark Pendergrast wrote yesterday about how politics plays into the work of the EIS, and it’s something that I kept noticing as I read Inside the Outbreaks. As he points out, my post last week highlighted the solution to the Reye’s Syndrome puzzle – which was solved by Karen Starko, who’s also…

Epidemiology Superheroes

Liz Borkowski writes: Mark Pendergrast’s Inside the Outbreaks: The Elite Medical Detectives of the Epidemic Intelligence Service is a fast-paced tour through nearly six decades of epidemiology achievements by this relatively small program of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It’s a fast and fascinating read, and its episodic structure makes it an easy…