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Imprint: Oneworld Publications

Subject: Health, Science

The Health of Nations

The Campaign to End Polio and Eradicate Epidemic Diseases

Karen Bartlett

‘Hope lies in dreams, in imagination, and in the courage of those who dare to make dreams into reality.’ – Jonas Salk, inventor of one of the first successful polio vaccines

No one will die of smallpox again…

One of the worst killers ever is now consigned to history – perhaps the greatest humanitarian achievement of our age. Now polio, malaria and measles are on the hit list.

Karen Bartlett tells the dramatic story of the history of eradication and takes us to the heart of modern campaigns. From high-tech labs in America to the poorest corners of Africa and the Middle East, we see the tremendous challenges those on the front lines face every day, and how they take us closer to a brave new world.

  • Publication date: March 1, 2018
  • ISBN: 9781786072665
  • RRP: £10.99
  • Pages: 304
  • Publication date: March 2, 2017
  • ISBN: 9781786070685
  • RRP: £18.99
  • Pages: 304
  • Publication date: March 2, 2017
  • ISBN: 9781786070692
  • RRP: £5.99
  • Pages: 336


‘A fantastic story about the oddballs and outcasts, hippies and billionaires who have saved millions and millions of lives. As exciting as a thriller and with a happy ending that gives us hope for humankind.’

Johan Norberg, author of Progress

‘Well-researched and accessible… Her writing is clear yet nuanced, and offers compassion, a broad respect for history, and the skills of a strong storyteller.’

CHOICE Magazine

‘Bartlett makes it abundantly clear that research to reduce the impact of infectious disease is progressing but that politics, budgetary constraints, competing priorities, and ego clashes are serious impediments.’


‘Anyone interested in public health and its interface with politics will find both hope and frustration here…a fascinating look at epidemiology and the challenges that public health workers face.’

Library Journal

‘This book is so engaging that I read it in one sitting…I recommend it in the highest possible terms.’

W. Ian Lipkin, director of the Center for Infection and Immunity, Columbia University

‘…describes the heroic efforts, the thrill of success, the challenges and the tragedy of failure…[it] kept me turning the pages until late in the night.’

Nicholas Grassly, professor in Vaccine Epidemiology, Imperial College London


Publishers Weekly

‘A deft combination of history and palatable scientific reportage.’


Karen Bartlett

Karen Bartlett is a journalist, film-maker and Sunday Times bestselling author whose writing has appeared in the Sunday Times, The Times, Guardian, Newsweek, New Statesman and Wired. Previously she worked with Nelson Mandela and United World Colleges, the Fabian Society, and as director of the human rights campaign group Charter88. She lives in Barnet, London.

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