At the height of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, as thousands succumbed to the horrors of the disease, a prominent physician working in Sierra Leone, Sheikh Humarr Khan, became infected with the virus and died. A new book, Outbreak Culture (Harvard Univesity Press), shows how much more could have been done within the medical community and among international actors not only to protect this renowned infectious disease expert but also to safeguard the well-being of his patients and others affected by this devastating disease.
Written by Pardis Sabeti, an award-winning genetic researcher, and Lara Salahi, an awarded journalist and an instructor for the New England Center for Investigative Reporting’s Summer Journalism Institute, Outbreak Culture examines each phase of the epidemic―the largest and deadliest Ebola outbreak to date―and identifies the factors that kept key information from reaching physicians and complicated the response to the crisis. Drawing insights from clinical workers, data collectors, organizational experts, and public health researchers, Sabeti and Salahi expose a fractured system that failed to share knowledge of the virus and ensure containment.
The authors will read from and sign copies of the book:
6:30 pm, November 30, 2018
279 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA