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Fevers, Feuds, and Diamonds: Ebola and the Ravages of History

Fevers, Feuds, and Diamonds: Ebola and the Ravages of History

[The] history is as powerfully conveyed as it is tragic . . . Illuminating . . . Invaluable. --Steven Johnson, The New York Times Book Review



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.

Titulo:Fevers, Feuds, and Diamonds: Ebola and the Ravages of History
ISBN:9780374234324
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Paul Farmer is Professor of Medical Anthropology at Harvard Medical School and Founding Director of Partners In Health. Among his books are


    Fevers, Feuds, and Diamonds: Ebola and the Ravages of History Comentarios

  • Kammy

    Thank you to the publisher for a copy ofThis book via netgalley!Nothing is scarier than real life. A first hand account of the devastating human cost of the Ebola pandemic Recounted by the mentee of D...

  • Erika Skarlupka

    Just when I thought I couldn't respect and look up to Paul Farmer any more, he floors me with this. So much more than just a first hand account of the Ebola outbreaks, he dives deep into the social, e...

  • Sami

    This is such a timely book as we are afflicted by the global COVID-19 pandemic and have the crucial post-COVID-19 recovery ahead of us. Anyone familiar with Professor Farmer’s work would appreciate ...

  • Sarah

    There is a story in my family about my sister asking Mom a question while she was fixing dinner. Mom told her to go ask our Dad. “I don’t want to know that much,” responded my sister.I fear many...

  • Boston

    Critical reading for 2020This book about global health injustice is enlightening at this moment in time: the historical reckoning with slavery since 1619, the global movement for Black lives, and the ...

  • Ula

    A very wise, well written and timely book, not only because of the current pandemic. Paul Farmer is an exceptional man, and it's worth listening to what he has to say.The book provides not only a fasc...

  • Keenan

    The subtitle of Paul Farmer's latest book, Ebola and the Ravages of History, hints at the two different but inextricably linked topics we as readers learn about over the next 700 pages, namely the Ebo...

  • Tara Yglesias

    Very Paul Farmer: at least two books folded into one with several excellent and important ideas smothered within....

  • Tommy

    Fevers, Feuds, and Diamonds was my first foray into Dr. Paul Farmer since reading Mountains Beyond Mountains nine years ago. Dr. Farmer remains an absolute legend in my mind, yet this book went to sho...

  • Steve

    Important messages bogged down in detailAlthough I appreciate the importance of the material covered, I did not enjoy this book. I found that the messages got lost in all the detail. I also was not fo...

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