The Next Pandemic: On the Front Lines Against Humankind's Gravest Dangers

The Next Pandemic: On the Front Lines Against Humankind's Gravest Dangers

An inside account of the fight to contain the world’s deadliest diseases—and the panic and corruption that make them worse

Throughout history, humankind’s biggest killers have been infectious diseases; the Black Death, the Spanish Flu, and AIDS alone account for over one hundred million deaths. We ignore this reality most of the time, but when a new threat (Ebola, SARS, Zika) seems imminent, we send our best and bravest doctors to contain it--people like Dr. Ali S. Khan.

In his long career as a public health first responder—protected by a thin mask from infected patients, napping under nets to keep out scorpions, making life-and-death decisions on limited, suspect information—Khan has found that rogue microbes will always be a problem, but outbreaks are often caused by people. We make mistakes, politicize emergencies, and, too often, fail to imagine the consequences of our actions.

The Next Pandemic is a firsthand account of disasters like anthrax, bird flu, and others and how we could do more to prevent their return. It's both a gripping story of our brushes with fate and an urgent lesson on how we can keep ourselves safe from the inevitable next pandemic.

Title:The Next Pandemic: On the Front Lines Against Humankind's Gravest Dangers
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781610395915
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  • Jeanette

    The writing style isn't the best, and sometimes his asides of personal stories seem misplaced- but that is forgiven because of the content explanations. This is difficult for nomenclature, IMHO, and h...

  • Hannah Greendale

    The Next Pandemic is largely Ali S. Khan's autobiographical account of his career as a public health first responder. Some intriguing accounts are given of various infectious diseases and life-threate...

  • Zora

    An amazing book, by an epidemiologist who hands-on investigated Ebola, West Nile, and many other diseases. This is a straight autobiography, but what an interesting professional life he has led. I've ...

  • Brendan Monroe

    Thanks to climate change and the increased presence of mosquitos in regions and seasons where they formerly didn't exist, many of the diseases that are currently afflicting the world are more prevalen...

  • Melissa

    First of all, the title of this book is a bit misleading. It isn't really about "the next pandemic." Only a small portion of the last chapter is dedicated to discuss potential pandemics of the future ...

  • Kristina Sanchez

    Interesting, enlightening, and more than a little scary. Told in plain language with a very human edge. ...

  • Carrie

    Although the writing was at times disjointed, the subject matter was fascinating. Dr. Khan has had an impressive career, and I loved reading about his experiences traveling all over the world to help ...

  • AJ Payne

    Audiobook.This book was my jam. It’s been a while since I read a book by a ‘virus hunter’ but I used to be super into them, so it was nostalgic for me to read another one. This one was a lot mor...

  • Andy

    The apparent plus-value of this book about epidemics is the author's personal biographical commentary: whatever. The deal-breaker is the sloppy science. For example, in discussing flu, he confuses cas...

  • Son Tung

    Ali's life as an official of CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), going around the world to fight pandemics. His personal anecdotes and observations are very interesting (and humorous at ...