The Next Pandemic by Ali S. Khan

The Next Pandemic

An inside account of the fight to contain the world’s deadliest diseases—and the panic and corruption that make them worseThroughout history, humankind’s biggest killers have been infectious diseases; the Black Death, the Spanish Flu, and AIDS alone account for over one hundred million deaths. We ignore this reality most of the time, but when a new threat (Ebola, SARS, Zika) seems imminent, we send our best and bravest doctors to contain it...

Details The Next Pandemic

TitleThe Next Pandemic
Release DateMay 24th, 2016
GenreScience, Nonfiction, Medical, Audiobook, Biography, Health, Medicine

Reviews The Next Pandemic

  • Jeanette
    The writing style isn't the best, and sometimes his asides of personal stories seem misplaced- but that is forgiven because of the content explanations. This is difficult for nomenclature, IMHO, and he's made it nearly easy read for the non-medical and unscientific. Or as close to that as it is possible.And coupled with that is the danger and the sacrifice given to travel into serious and possibly deadly situations for the study. Not primarily fr...
  • Hannah Greendale
    The Next Pandemic is largely Ali S. Khan's autobiographical account of his career as a public health first responder. Some intriguing accounts are given of various infectious diseases and life-threatening bacterium. A small portion of the book is dedicated to Khan's request that more preventative measures be established to deter the next global pandemic. When viewing the book under a microscope, the careful observer will discover needless pop-cul...
  • Zora
    An amazing book, by an epidemiologist who hands-on investigated Ebola, West Nile, and many other diseases. This is a straight autobiography, but what an interesting professional life he has led. I've read pretty much all the books on this topic for a popular audience. This is by far the best. It's the most accurate and authoritative, it's the most interesting, it's dramatic without being inaccurate for the sake of scaremongering, it has the right...
  • Brendan Monroe
    Thanks to climate change and the increased presence of mosquitos in regions and seasons where they formerly didn't exist, many of the diseases that are currently afflicting the world are more prevalent than ever.While other diseases, like Ebola, have scarier and nastier symptoms, viral infections that can more easily be spread are what we should really fear (see: Spanish Influenza). This is really a fascinating book and a great breakdown of the t...
  • Kristina Sanchez
    Interesting, enlightening, and more than a little scary. Told in plain language with a very human edge.
  • AJ Payne
    Audiobook.This book was my jam. It’s been a while since I read a book by a ‘virus hunter’ but I used to be super into them, so it was nostalgic for me to read another one. This one was a lot more memoirish than I thought it would be. I thought it would be a public health dude’s treatise on why the world will be taken by surprise by our foolish ways in ignoring public health, messing up with antibiotics, and fiddling with the natural world...
  • Son Tung
    Ali's life as an official of CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), going around the world to fight pandemics. His personal anecdotes and observations are very interesting (and humorous at times). He listed out many hardships of his personal background as a Pakistani American Muslim who flies frequently to new places, meets new people and outbreak situations. I learn one or two things about the brief history of many diseases: cholera, ...
  • Russell Atkinson
    This memoir by a soldier of a different kind made me appreciate all the people who protect us from harm every day. As a retired FBI agent I am well aware how government officials and employees are sometimes revered without good reason but just as often disparaged, resented, or even reviled for being less than impossibly perfect. Dr. Khan is one of those adventurous epidemiologists who has spent a career charging into Ebola-infested regions of Afr...
  • Rachel Blakeman
    I had high hopes for this book after hearing the author interviewed, and while I learned some things it wasn't an amazing book. Not quite a memoir, it was largely a recounting of his travels as an epidemiologist. After awhile the stories sounded the same (poor sanitation, animal vectors, human error). If you interested in learning more about infectious disease read "Pandemic: Tracking Contagions From Cholera to Ebola and Beyond" by Sonia Shah.
  • Victor Gallant
    A book that reinforces what many people choose not to believe, that we are and will become more so, at the mercy of microbes. The book is factual and accessible. However, there is a muchness to many of the details within the pages of the book that makes the book drag on a bit; each chapter, reiterates many of the underlying causes to the diseases that governments choose to ignore (poor housing, food insecurity, wars, access to adequate health car...
  • Saša
    Mostly autobiographical stories of the author who worked at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and travelled the world to combat our invisible enemies. Some stories are interesting, some not that much and contain irrelevant information. Wanted it to be much more science oriented and less as a memoir.
  • Brittany
    In "The Next Pandemic," Kahn writes about his long career with the CDC in fighting the spread of diseases (Ebola, SARS, small and monkey pox, flu strains). He also touches on other health scares like the Anthrax letters in DC and the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. He has lived a life committed to being exposed to unpleasantness to say the least in order to protect others and reduce illness and deaths. His stories and thoughts on disease control ...
  • Janice
    I won a copy of this book as a Goodreads giveaway winner.A very thought provoking and in depth book that delves into public health system and the diseases they protect us from. I found it both entertaining and scary with personal narrative from someone who has been on the front lines of the virus wars.
  • Sandy Nawrot
    This book was fascinating in theory, but a light read it was not! I've always been intrigued with Pandemics (real ones and fictional ones)...where they come from, how they spread, how they mutate and jump from animal to human, and how a sneeze can trigger something that kills thousands. Who out there read The Hot Zone and didn't sleep for a week? Or perhaps Stephen King's The Stand? And this author brings about as much credibility as you'll get: ...
  • Tessa in Mid-Michigan
    This is the guy who came up with the CDC Zombie Apocalypse scenario and campaign. But don’t get your hopes up, this book isn’t nearly as inspired or brilliant. Even with a ghost writer, this book fails. While it is an easy read, and pretty interesting, it leaves things hanging too many times. For instance, in describing a drunken businessman in the DRC whose home was the shelter for the health team, Khan says it all ended when the businessman...
  • Catherine Puma
    The Next Pandemic by Ali Khan highlights Khan’s experiences with combating certain diseases, especially those that have impacted the United States during his tenure as an epidemiologist with the CDC. Many of these sections took me back to my Infectious Diseases course in college, esp those about malaria, yaws, ebola and gennea worm. This was really interesting, and I would recommend to anyone interested in epidemiology, infectious diseases, nat...
  • Ali Murphy
    I learned some very interesting things from this book, namely that in that UAE Australian sheep are not favored because they have “the face of the devil” which seems bad but is preferable to being infected with disease laden ticks and fleas. I also learned that you should spray down any rodent feces with Lysol before sweeping it up, because the dust has the potential to jack you up. Exotic pets are a bad idea, especially prairie dogs. The big...
  • Jeff Beardsley
    I wasn’t sure what to expect when I picked up this book by Ali Kahn; but as soon as I started reading it, I couldn’t put it down. Epidemiology has always been a fascinating topic to me, and in this book, Kahn describes his many years of experience with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) dealing with the whole gambit of viral and bacteriological diseases to have hit this world in the last 25 years. He has had quite the amazing career with C...
  • E.C. Frey
    Ali Khan's The Next Pandemic is a window into the world of a public health first responder. While I often cringed at the magnitude of animals caught and dissected as well as his sometimes goofy and irrelevant pop culture references, I finished with a real appreciation for the effort and incredible sacrifice of disease detectives and fighters. In a "disruptive" economic world, we are in peril of losing such people. Increasingly embattled by market...
  • Kathy Bowman
    This book was fairly a easy read, because Khan has a fairly talkative writing style; a lot of the book actually felt as though it were dictated, with random pop culture references and jocular asides that tried to lighten the book’s theme somewhat. I found that a little distracting, and wondered how well the book would age because of them.Writing style aside, I found most chapters to be interesting, although somewhat disjointed. I learned a lot,...
  • Terry
    This book simply follows the experience of someone working in contagion containment. It neither discusses the science of pandemics nor gives an indepth look at either the state of the field nor does it give more than cursory treatment on how pandemics are controlled from a global sense. Given these statements, the book was adequately written compared to a lot of books written by people in a field writing their first book. The book contains a fai...
  • Mark
    Informative overview of what a CDC public health physician does (interviewing people, capturing small animals, traveling, repeat forever) as well as a summary of some of the biggest public heath menaces such as influenzas and hemorrhagic fevers. Helpfully provides background information in the early chapters for readers who aren't quite sure what serotypes or antigenic factors are. Not overly technical; the author's style is quite informal (the p...
  • Zulfiya
    Although it is an extremely enlightening book and a useful one, it is not amazing, nor is it brilliant. It does serve its fair purpose of warning the public about the reckless policies and ignorance of some pf the political actions. As a translator in the medical field as a part of my professional career, I did tend to respect epidemiologists for what they are: medical detectives with extensive knowledge of infectious diseases and some quite soph...
  • Phyncke
    A fascinating book with a high interest factor for me. Pandemics is one of my pet interests. I loved the movie contagion and this author consulted on that. He puts the whole disease thing in perspective we salient examples of ebola outbreaks, SARS and even influenza. This is a real insider's view of the whole thing. Very interesting, funny and scary all at the same time. He really cares about what will happen to the world and is a very committed ...
  • Marcella Wigg
    Less an in-depth consideration of a possible future epidemic, more a memoir of the author's experiences in twenty five years as a CDC epidemiological investigator, The Next Pandemic differed greatly from my initial expectations of the content, but it was nevertheless a fascinating read. Khan touches on a lot of fascinating public-health crises from the last twenty-five years, including ebola, monkey pox, hantavirus, the 2001 Anthrax letters, SARS...
  • Trina
    Like Jennifer Wright’s Get Well Soon, this book is an often hilarious account of an epidemiologist’s disease fighting adventures. Ali S. Khan describes military clashes with third world rebels, ideological conflicts with ignorant politicians and heart breaking encounters with the dying from first hand experience. Under the humorous exterior is a cautionary tale about the fragility of our underfunded public health systems and the possible cala...
  • Becky
    "The outbreaks that do make headlines, such as from Ebola, MERS, and Zika virus, need to be seen not as natural accidents, but as the canaries in the coal mine that call attention to weak public health systems." Although I found the public health class we took in nursing school to be pretty boring, this book kinda makes me want to work in that area...but I only if I could be doing surveillance on infectious diseases...and maybe from afar!
  • Redpoet
    It isn’t like there was much in this book which I did not know, but then I ha e read a ton on the subject of emerging infectious diseases and the like, and I worked in a free clinic and then in community health at the grass roots for a few decades. I spent a bunch of the time on the front lines of HIV/AIDS. For those with different experiences in life, you might want to check it out. Just saying.
  • Mick Pletcher
    This book is most interesting. There are a few monotonous parts, which is why I gave it 4 stars. He covers his experiences as an epidemiologist for WHO and the CDC. The book covers both biological warfare and naturally occurring infections, while also discussing the social implications. He goes into explicit detail of his experiences such as with the 2014 West African Ebola outbreak.
  • Iangagn
    Ali S. Khan is a true gangster. The man literally went out of his way to reach the front lines of major outbreaks of smallpox/monkeypox/camelpox, Ebola, West Nile virus, Sin Nombre, SARS, Middle East Respiratory Syndrome(MERS) and more to help the sick. Kids should look up to people like him, not Drizzy or the Kardashians. My man's Wiki profile :