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Beating Back the Devil - On the Front Lines With the Disease Detectives of the Epidemic Intelligence Service-logo

Beating Back the Devil - On the Front Lines With the Disease Detectives of the Epidemic Intelligence Service

Maryn McKenna

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IN THE WAR AGAINST DISEASES, THEY ARE THE SPECIAL FORCES. They always keep a bag packed. They seldom have more than twenty-four hours' notice before they are dispatched. The phone calls that tell them to head to the airport, sometimes in the middle of the night, may give them no more information than the country they are traveling to and the epidemic they will tackle when they get there. The universal human instinct is to run from an outbreak of disease. These doctors run toward it. They are the disease detective corps of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the federal agency that tracks and tries to prevent disease outbreaks and bioterrorist attacks around the world. They are formally called the Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) - a group founded more than fifty years ago out of fear that the Korean War might bring the use of biological weapons - and, like intelligence operatives in the traditional sense, they perform their work largely in anonymity. They are not household names, but over the years they were first to confront the outbreaks that became known as hantavirus, Ebola virus, and AIDS. Now they hunt down the deadly threats that dominate our headlines: West Nile virus, anthrax, and SARS. In this riveting narrative, Maryn McKenna - the only journalist ever given full access to the EIS in its fifty-three-year history - follows the first class of disease detectives to come to the CDC after September 11, the first to confront not just naturally occurring outbreaks but the man-made threat of bioterrorism. They are talented researchers - many with young families - who trade two years of low pay and extremely long hours for the chance to be part of the group that has helped eradicate smallpox, push back polio, and solve the first major outbreaks of Legionnaires' disease, toxic shock syndrome, and E. coli O157. Urgent, exhilarating, and compelling, Beating Back the Devil goes with the EIS as they try to stop epidemics - before the epidemics stop us.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Ellen Archer

Length:

10h 33m


Chapters

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Chapter 1
Chapter 1

04:19


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

03:36


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

05:43


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

04:42


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

04:57


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:25


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

05:00


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

04:47


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

05:02


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

05:33


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

04:46


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

05:10


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

04:58


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

06:04


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:12


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

05:44


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

04:05


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

05:32


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

05:00


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

04:55


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:39


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

06:04


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

04:11


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

05:28


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

05:15


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:43


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

04:51


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:28


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

05:08


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

05:37


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

05:34


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

06:05


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

05:09


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

05:27


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:31


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

05:34


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

05:34


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

05:33


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

05:49


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

05:16


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

06:12


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

05:09


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

05:09


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

05:32


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

05:31


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

05:14


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

04:33


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

05:00


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

05:00


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

04:36


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

04:48


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

05:37


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

05:22


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

05:41


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

05:01


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

05:37


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

04:45


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

05:25


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

05:08


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

05:27


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

05:55


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

05:38


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

05:44


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

04:52


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

06:04


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

04:56


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

05:46


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

05:15


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

05:40


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

04:42


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

05:26


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

04:56


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

05:05


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

05:22


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

04:49


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

05:27


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

04:48


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

05:05


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

05:27


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

04:48


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

04:49


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

05:08


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

04:52


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

04:57


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

05:05


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

04:58


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

05:04


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

05:06


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

04:50


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

05:32


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

04:33


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

04:49


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

05:34


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

05:09


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

06:00


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

04:55


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

04:56


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

06:19


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

04:12


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

05:12


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

05:52


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

04:41


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

05:14


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

05:56


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

04:26


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

05:40


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

05:12


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

04:38


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

06:24


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

04:28


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

05:31


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

04:16


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

05:13


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

05:23


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

05:05


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

05:27


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

04:50


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

06:08


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

05:41


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

05:51


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

05:16