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Books, Journals, New Media
February 5, 2003

Global Health

Author Affiliations

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.

JAMA. 2003;289(5):621-622. doi:10.1001/jama.289.5.621

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.

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