Book ID: CBB612425072

Polio: The Odyssey of Eradication (2018)


Abraham, Thomas (Author)


Publication Date: 2018
Physical Details: 320
Language: English

In 1988, the World Health Organization launched a twelve-year campaign to wipe out polio. Thirty years and several billion dollars over budget later, the campaign grinds on, vaccinating millions of children and hoping that each new year might see an end to the disease. But success remains elusive, against a surprisingly resilient virus, an unexpectedly weak vaccine and the vagaries of global politics, meeting with indifference from governments and populations alike.How did an innocuous campaign to rid the world of a crippling disease become a hostage of geopolitics? Why do parents refuse to vaccinate their children against polio? And why have poorly paid door-to-door healthworkers been assassinated? Thomas Abraham reports on the ground in search of answers.

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Authors & Contributors
Báguena Cervellera, María José
Porras, María Isabel
Ballester, Rosa
Abeysinghe, Sudeepa
Schneider, William H.
Axelsson, Per
Asclepio: Archivo Iberoamericano de Historia de la Medicina
História, Ciências, Saúde---Manguinhos
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Social Studies of Science
Medical History
Dynamis: Acta Hispanica ad Medicinae Scientiarumque Historiam Illustrandam
University of Pittsburgh Press
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Los Libros de la Catarata
Public health
Prevention and control of disease
Disease and diseases
Andrija Štampar
Sigerist, Henry Ernest
Georgia (U.S.)
United States
20th century
21st century
20th century, early
19th century
20th century, late
World Health Organization (WHO)
European Association against Poliomyelitis

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