Piot’s Ebola Book Picks

In a rare treat for the global health community, Peter Piot reviews not 1 but 2 books about Ebola.
The first (Ebola: How a People's Science Helped End an Epidemic, by Paul Richards), which Piot calls a must-read, explores through an anthropologist’s lens how villages in Sierra Leone reacted. Interestingly, Piot, the director of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, calls the book an important counterweight to analyses by international panels—including one that the chaired—for its emphasis on the local rather than global response.
The second (Ebola's Message: Public Health and Medicine in the Twenty-First Century, edited by Nicholas G. Evans, Tara C. Smith & Maimuna S. Majumder) tackles aspects of the emergency including the media response and bioethics—including essays that, Piot writes, offer balanced perspectives to reconcile disagreements in the design of trials, experimental interventions, and controlling outbreaks.

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