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Science  12 Jan 2001:
Vol. 291, Issue 5502, pp. 258
DOI: 10.1126/science.1055103

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Betrayal of Trust The Collapse of Global Public Health. Laurie Garrett. Hyperion, New York, 2000. 768 pp. $30, C$42.95, £22.95. ISBN 0-7868-6522-9.

Through meticulously researched and engagingly written accounts of public health crises in India, the Congo, the former Soviet Union, and three sites in the United States, Garrett documents the frightening deterioration of the world's infrastructure for preventive medicine.