Plagues and the Paradox of Progress

(Un) healthy world

Issue 87 - summer 2020

Covid-19 influences world events enormously. Thomas Bollyky, health expert at the US Think Tanks Council on Foreign Relations, explains how epidemics and parasites have plagued and shaped people and states in the past in his historical outline of public health. Bollyky gives insights into the fight against smallpox, malaria or cholera and explains why modern achievements such as medication and vaccinations only superficially contribute to better health in poorer countries.

Thomas J. Bollyky, Plagues and the Paradox of Progress, The MIT Press 2019, 280 pages, EUR 19,99