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Plagues and the Paradox of Progress

Why the World Is Getting Healthier in Worrisome Ways

Global health expert Thomas J. Bollyky explores the paradox in our fight against infectious disease: the world is getting healthier in ways that should make us worry.

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Plagues and parasites have played a central role in world affairs, shaping the evolution of the modern state, the growth of cities, and the disparate fortunes of national economies. Plagues and the Paradox of Progress tells that story, but it is not about the resurgence of pestilence. It is the story of its decline. In his book, Thomas J. Bollyky ​​​​​ explores the paradox in our recent progress against infectious disease: the world is getting healthier in ways that should make us worry.

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Also explore Thomas Bollyky's interactive report, The Changing Demographics of Global Health.

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