Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Fevers, Feuds, and Diamonds: Ebola and the Ravages of History

Context. Until I read Paul Farmer’s book titled, Fevers, Feuds, and Diamonds: Ebola and the Ravages of History, I thought I understood a lot about the 2014 Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea. Thanks to the context that Farmer provides in this book, it will be obvious to all readers that the situation in West Africa in 2014 was the consequence of hundreds of years of exploitation and injustice. He shows how the strategy of containment may have limited the spread of disease, but by not also focusing on medical care of patients, the people in this region (and others) do not have the health systems to address problems when they arise, let alone provide basic health care for people. Farmer writes with clarity and empathy, explaining history and medicine in terms that all readers can understand. Rating: Five-star (I love it) Click here to purchase Fevers Feuds and Diamonds from amazon.com.

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