Brigham Bookshelf: November/December 2020
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Fevers, Feuds, and Diamonds: Ebola and the Ravages of History
Brigham Author: Paul Farmer
Fevers, Feuds, and Diamonds offers a substantive account of the devastating 2014 Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea, which spread rapidly through a clinical desert where basic health care facilities were few and far between. Physician and anthropologist Paul Farmer, MD, PhD, of the Division of Global Health Equity, draws on his experience as an international responder from the organization he founded, Partners in Health, to offer harrowing, firsthand accounts of what became the worst Ebola epidemic in history. He refutes misleading claims about the origins of Ebola and why it spread so rapidly and traces West Africa’s chronic health failures back to centuries of exploitation and injustice. Under formal colonial rule, disease containment was a priority but care was not, and the region’s health care woes worsened with devastating consequences that Farmer analyzes up to the present. The book is a definitive work of reportage, history, and advocacy, with crucial interventions for public-health discussions around the world.
Brigham Authors: Marie Gerhard-Herman, Aaron Aday
This practical manual makes clinical vascular medicine easy for the health care provider to master by providing frameworks for each area of diagnosis and a practical approach to necessary testing. Marie Gerhard-Herman, MD, of the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine and Aaron Aday, MD, who completed residency in internal medicine and fellowships in cardiology, vascular medicine, and cardiovascular epidemiology at the Brigham, break down clinical questions with flow charts documenting the thinking required in each situation, rather than providing long lists of possible diagnoses. Chapters cover a broad range of topics including arterial and venous testing in the laboratory, thrombophilia, cold disorders of the extremities and lymphatic diseases. The manual provides extensive case-based learning for trainees and practicing physicians looking to expand their knowledge in a field that crosses many traditional disciplines. It is intended for any medical professional managing vascular patients, including cardiovascular and vascular physicians, nephrologists, neurologists, phlebologists, dermatologists, general medical doctors and vascular radiologists.