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!

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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 was about time to get things going again. Luckily Mark Pendergrast, author of the recently published Inside the Outbreaks: The Elite Medical Detectives of the Epidemic Intelligence Service agreed to lead a discussion of the book, and starting next week you can follow along right here.

Joining Mark will be four contributors, including our own Liz Borkowski from The Pump Handle, former EIS officer Dr. Karen Starko, Dr. Mark Rosenberg of the Task Force for Global Health, and Dr. Steve Schoenbaum of The Commonwealth Fund. We'll be posting a bit about each of them this week, so stay tuned.

We also have away seven copies of Inside the Outbreaks to give away to the readers who respond first. Email us at editorial@scienceblogs.com to get yours! And if you're not one of the lucky seven, the book is also available for purchase on Amazon.

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In addition to author Mark Pendergrast, we have four more outstanding contributors here to discuss Inside the Outbreaks over the next few weeks. Though they all come from public health backgrounds, their experiences in and with the Epidemic Intelligence Service are all different. Check out their…
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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…

This sounds great, but not enough lead time! Please give us a little more warning to get and read the book next time. :/

Thanks!
Brendan

Yay! I love this book club! Because it has books I am interested in, and I don't have to worry about being late to the gathering.

Just received my copy of the book (I guess I was one of the first seven who emailed you!). So excited to read it and follow the Book Club discussion. Thank you!!