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Mark Pendergrast writes: Instead of responding to last week’s commentaries on this book club blog about my book, Inside the Outbreaks, I want to throw out a controversial idea that runs counter to what many public health commentators apparently believe. So I expect some disagreement here. (I will post responses to the commentaries as “comments”…

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…

Mark Pendergrast writes: Thanks to commentators Liz Borkowski, Karen Starko, Steve Schoenbaum, and Mark Rosenberg for their thoughtful posts, though it appears that Mark Rosenberg’s post got cut off after his first-paragraph query asking why anyone would go into the field of public health. I will wait to respond to his post once I see…

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…

Inside the Outbreaks

Mark Pendergrast writes: To kick off this book club discussion of Inside the Outbreaks, I thought I would explain briefly how I came to write the book and then suggest some possible topics for discussion. The origin of the book goes back to an email I got in 2004 from my old high school and…

What’s that rumbling sound?

Is it distant thunder? A passing freight train? World Cup fans celebrating a goal? Nope…that’s the sound of the ScienceBlogs Book Club becoming active again! It’s been awhile since we hosted a Book Club discussion here on the blog – not since Paul Offitt’s Autism’s False Prophets back in 2008 – but we thought it…