Book ID: CBB910039837

Fevers, Feuds, and Diamonds: Ebola and the Ravages of History (2020)


Farmer, Paul (Author)

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Publication Date: 2020
Physical Details: 688
Language: English

In 2014, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea suffered the worst epidemic of Ebola in history. The brutal virus spread rapidly through a clinical desert where basic health-care facilities were few and far between. Causing severe loss of life and economic disruption, the Ebola crisis was a major tragedy of modern medicine. But why did it happen, and what can we learn from it? Paul Farmer, the internationally renowned doctor and anthropologist, experienced the Ebola outbreak firsthand―Partners in Health, the organization he founded, was among the international responders. In Fevers, Feuds, and Diamonds, he offers the first substantive account of this frightening, fast-moving episode and its implications. In vibrant prose, Farmer tells the harrowing stories of Ebola victims while showing why the medical response was slow and insufficient. Rebutting misleading claims about the origins of Ebola and why it spread so rapidly, he traces West Africa’s chronic health failures back to centuries of exploitation and injustice. Under formal colonial rule, disease containment was a priority but care was not – and the region’s health care woes worsened, with devastating consequences that Farmer traces up to the present. This thorough and hopeful narrative is a definitive work of reportage, history, and advocacy, and a crucial intervention in public-health discussions around the world.

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Review Jessica Lynne Pearson (2022) Review of "Fevers, Feuds, and Diamonds: Ebola and the Ravages of History". Journal of Interdisciplinary History (pp. 470-472). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Rottenburg, Richard
Hoyt, Kendall
Hurley, Dan
Bivins, Roberta E.
Anderson, Warwick H.
Rasera, Emerson Fernando
Journal of Global History
Centaurus: International Magazine of the History of Mathematics, Science, and Technology
Mefisto: Rivista di medicina, filosofia, storia
Postcolonial Studies
Social History of Medicine
História, Ciências, Saúde---Manguinhos
Harvard University Press
Kaplan Publishing
University of Toronto
Ohio University Press
Duke University Press
Cambridge University Press
Public health
Medicine and society
Health care
Disease and diseases
Rosenberg, Charles E.
Time Periods
21st century
20th century, late
20th century
19th century
20th century, early
United States
Sierra Leone
Great Britain
East Asia
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
World Bank
World Health Organization (WHO)

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