I made this short list for Gradian’s blog and figured it was worth reposting here. Seriously: read these articles.
The New Yorker opened its archives this week as part of a website redesign. If you’re a regular reader – or, let’s be honest, like most of us you just try to keep up with it – you know how fantastic its articles are.
If you’re not a subscriber, we’ve got you covered. Here are a few of our favorite global health/surgery/anesthesia pieces; check them out and let us know yours!
Slow Ideas, by Atul Gawande (July 2013) – “Why do some innovations spread so swiftly and others so slowly? Consider the very different trajectories of surgical anesthesia and antiseptics, both of which were discovered in the nineteenth century”
The Doomsday Strain, by Michael Specter (December 2010) – can scientists and researchers catch the next spillover disease before it spread? (I also wrote about Oxitec here)
The Mosquito Solution, by Michael Specter (July 2012) – can we eradicate a deadly disease by genetically modifying mosquitoes? Should we?
The Mosquito Killer, by Malcolm Gladwell (July 2001) – DDT was an integral component of the American effort to eradicate malaria in the states. The story of Fred Soper, the inventor of DDT
Nature’s Bioterrorist, by Michael Specter (February 2005) – on avian flu
A Deadly Misdiagnosis, by Michael Specter (November 2010) – tuberculosis is a really, really hard disease to kill. Why?
The Demon in the Freezer, by Richard Preston (July 1999) – the story behind the eradication of smallpox