March 27, 2012 § 2 Comments

Have you heard about the new TEDbooks? I recommend pursuing them for a topic that interests you. There aren’t many, yet, but there is still some intriguing content. These books are meant to be quick and accessible reads on interesting and innovative topics.

“What’s Killing US,” for example, is a brief guide to major global health issues by a prominent development worker and avid blogger, Alanna Shaikh. It is meant to be both an overview and a starting point. In the authors own words,”if you’ve been thinking you should probably know more about global health, I wrote this book for you.”. Other TEDbooks that seem interesting to me include, Rachel Armstrong’s Living Architecture and Aftercrimes, Geoslavery, and Thermogeddon: Thought-Provoking Words from a Lexicographer’s Notebook by Erin McKean.

I bought two TEDbooks today and will give a short review in the comments section of this post after I finish.


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§ 2 Responses to TEDbooks

  • I take it back, here citations are quite honest.

  • Alanna Shaikh’s “What’s Killing US” is a very good introductory overview of some of the most relevant global health issues (e.g. TB, healthcare systems, noncommunicable diseases, etc.). Shaikh breaks down each topic into (1) an explanation (2) why we should care and (3) what can be done. There aren’t many citations to her data, but again this is a just an introduction–and as such she does a very basic and clear job. One thing that I learned more about was the fact that sufferers of HIV/AID and/or TB must stay on their treatments regularly in order to best prevent their illness from becoming resistant to medication–once resistant, there is nothing that can be done…for now.

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