Microbe is also a book designed to disrupt our sense of complacency about the public health system in the U.S. It challenges our assumption that the public health system works well, even in the face of widespread disease and even epidemics. The reader encounters example after example of past system failures under even modest stress. A long litany of probable future outbreaks and bioterror events is presented, in a factual and straightforward manner. Having made the case for the need for systematic improvements, the authors propose some practical ways to make those improvements.
Local Albuquerque authors and, full disclosure, Al’s one of those generous sciency people who helps me understand the complicated stuff.