“the equilibrium between man and the tubercle bacillus is very precarious.”
So said René Dubos, one of the giants of 20th century medicine, in 1952
Released on 29th July 2014 (available in both paper back and kindle formats on Amazon as well as other sales outlets) this new book is a fundamental component of Moxafrica's coordinated strategy to help raise awareness of the global threats from drug-resistant TB, particularly in middle- and low-income countries.
It's written by Merlin Young, the co-founder and chair of Moxafrica, and is published in association with the charity. 50% of all royalties from sales (paperback or e-book) are being directed to the Moxafrica charity.
The book itself is both a call-to-arms and a call-for help, opening a window on to a largely hidden pandemic.
It evolves layer by layer, allowing a more general reader to develop the levels of understanding which are essential to properly understand the new threats being posed by this ancient disease. Documentary evidence and historical anecdotes are reviewed first to set the scene before a series of in depth critical analyses are applied to evaluate the way the disease has been and is now being managed. Everything is well researched, enabling a comprehensive assessment of a multi-factorial pandemic from different aspects – historical, biomedical, economic, ethical, epidemiological and socio-political – all of which impacting on the rates of disease.
Most importantly of all the threat is carefully considered from the perspective of those who are most directly exposed to it - the poor and the 'preferably unheard'.
At one moment this book is a documentary, at another a work of medical reference and at another a diatribe.
For those who know little about today’s TB pandemic ‘Blowing in the Wind’ will shock at the same time as it informs. It simultaneously poses inconvenient and uncomfortable questions for governments, researchers, experts and health ministries everywhere.
The picture which finally emerges is worrying: one pandemic of treatable infectious disease which should rightfully have been eradicated, which is being ominously overshadowed by a second one of drug-resistance that, for complex reasons, remains largely invisible, relatively ignored and gravely underestimated.
The unfolding story of TB tells us a lot about the world we live in. Blowing in the Wind demands the attention of all of us who wish it to be a fairer one.
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