Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet
S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; David H. Morse, MS, University
of Southern California, Norris Medical Library, Journal Review Editor; adviser
for new media, Robert Hogan, MD, San Diego.
In recent decades—whether as a result of newly emerging pathogens
such as the bovine spongiform encephalopathy prion, Ebola virus, and HIV or
the resurgence of infectious diseases such as tuberculosis—the continued
public health importance of infectious disease has been all too evident. If
it once seemed as though we were able to fully control the impact of infectious
disease on human societies and populations, it is now painfully apparent that
such success is far more elusive than we thought. In a world aware of the
perverse threat of bioterrorism, infectious agents once believed largely eradicated,
such as smallpox, have become the subject of high-level policy debate and
the nightly news in living rooms around the world.
Parker R. Global Health. JAMA. 2003;289(5):621-622. doi:10.1001/jama.289.5.621