While the topics of these works vary considerably, all of them help us understand the biological threats we face and how today’s societies might respond to epidemics. I’ve used several of these books as reference material for lectures, and Animal Health at the Crossroads was the required text for a course that I co-taught on emerging zoonotic diseases at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Individuals interested in understanding the current issues surrounding biotechnology research must read Biotechnology in an Age of Terrorism. I struggled to get through The Biology of Doom because the subject matter is so disturbing, but The Great Influenza is a terrific read for anyone interested in epidemics and public health.
Highlights the fragmented nature of animal health and recommends better coordination of human and animal health.
A useful reference text that provides encyclopedic information on the arsenal status of selected nations.
Known as the “Fink Report,” after the committee’s chairman, Gerald Fink, a genetics professor at MIT, this key report makes a number of insightful recommendations, including the formation of the National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity, oversight of experiments of concern, education of the scientific community on security issues, and international harmonization of oversight.
An important book that details what can happen during a deadly pandemic. The book describes the people involved in responding to the influenza crisis, the impact on society, and the aftermath.
Follow-up to the IOM’s 1988 assessment of public health in the United States. An important book to read to understand the U.S. public health infrastructure.
A well-written book that describes outbreaks involving newly emerging infectious diseases.
A discussion of the programs that the United States is conducting in the name of biodefense. It also discusses the former Soviet bioweapons program, as well as the former U.S. offensive program, among other related topics.
An excellent historical overview of bioweapons programs--from the Japanese program to the U.S. program to the British program.
A provocative book that provides a perspective on what a large, paranoid nation can do in the name of biodefense.
This hefty tome is the definitive text on smallpox.