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Author Foege, William H., 1936-
Title House on fire : the fight to eradicate smallpox / William H. Foege.
Imprint Berkeley : University of California Press ; New York : Milbank Memorial Fund, 2011.

Author Foege, William H., 1936-
Series California/Milbank books on health and the public ; 21.
California/Milbank books on health and the public ; 21.
Subject Foege, William H., 1936-
Smallpox -- History -- 20th century.
Physicians -- Biography.
Public health personnel -- Biography.
History, 20th Century -- Autobiography -- Africa.
History, 20th Century -- Autobiography -- India.
International Cooperation -- Autobiography -- Africa.
International Cooperation -- Autobiography -- India.
Smallpox -- Autobiography -- epidemiology -- Africa.
Smallpox -- Autobiography -- epidemiology -- India.
Smallpox -- Autobiography -- Africa -- History.
Smallpox -- Autobiography -- India -- History.
Alt Name Milbank Memorial Fund.
Description 1 online resource (xxi, 218 pages) : illustrations, maps.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents A loathsome disease -- A succession of mentors -- Practicing public health in Nigeria -- Fire line around a virus -- Extinguishing smallpox in a time of war -- Under the rule of variola -- Unwarranted optimism -- A gorgeous coalition -- Rising numbers, refining strategy -- Water on a burning house -- Smallpox zero.
Summary "A story of courage and risk-taking, House on Fire tells how smallpox, a disease that killed, blinded, and scarred millions over centuries of human history, was completely eradicated in a spectacular triumph of medicine and public health. Part autobiography, part mystery, the story is told by a man who was one of the architects of a radical vaccination scheme that became a key strategy in ending the horrible disease when it was finally contained in India. In House on Fire, William H. Foege describes his own experiences in public health and details the remarkable program that involved people from countries around the world in pursuit of a single objective: eliminating smallpox forever. Rich with the details of everyday life, as well as a few adventures, House on Fire gives an intimate sense of what it is like to work on the ground in some of the world's most impoverished countries -- and tells what it is like to contribute to programs that really do change the world"--Provided by publisher.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 9780520948891 (electronic bk.)
0520948890 (electronic bk.)
9780520268364 (cloth)
0520268369 (cloth)
ISBN/ISSN 40019383333
OCLC # 712769678
Additional Format Print version: Foege, William H., 1936- House on fire. Berkeley : University of California Press ; New York : Milbank Memorial Fund, 2011 9780520268364 (DLC) 2010041703 (OCoLC)667592570

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