Scott Gottlieb, MD will discuss how COVID-19 was too much for the American pandemic preparations and what steps need to be taken to combat the next outbreak with CNN's Alisyn Camerota. As the pandemic unfolded, Gottlieb was in regular contact with all the key players in Congress, the Trump administration, and the drug and diagnostic industries. He provides an inside account of how level after level of American government crumbled as the COVID-19 crisis advanced. A system-wide failure across government institutions left the nation blind to the threat, and unable to mount an effective response.
Uncontrolled Spread: Why COVID-19 Crushed Us and How We Can Defeat the Next Pandemic argues we must fix our systems and prepare for a deadlier coronavirus variant, a flu pandemic, or whatever else nature may threaten us with. Gottlieb outlines policies and investments that are essential to prepare the United States and the world for future threats.
SCOTT GOTTLIEB, MD, is a former commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration and a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. He is a regular contributor to the business and financial news channel CNBC and the CBS News program Face the Nation. Dr. Gottlieb is a healthcare investing partner at the venture capital firm New Enterprise Associates and a director of Pfizer Inc., and Illumina, Inc. Time magazine has named him one of its “Fifty People Transforming Healthcare,” and Fortune magazine recognized him as one of the “World’s Fifty Greatest Leaders.” Dr. Gottlieb is an internal medicine physician and a member of the National Academy of Medicine..
Alisyn Camerota is a journalist, author, and anchor of CNN’s morning show New Day. In her three decades in journalism, Camerota has covered stories nationally and internationally, earning an Emmy Award for her breaking news coverage of the arrest of Roger Stone and the prestigious Edward R. Murrow Award for her breaking news coverage of Hurricane Maria’s impact on Puerto Rico. Camerota has also anchored a number of primetime specials, including Tipping Point: Sexual Harassment in America and The Hunting Ground: Sexual Assault on Campus.
Alisyn’s debut novel, Amanda Wakes Up, was selected as one of the best books of the year, and by Oprah Magazine as “a must read.”
Everyone knows Elizabeth Blackwell was America's first female doctor, but very few know that her sister Emily was the third. Biographer Janice P. Nimura will talk about these two remarkable women with Dr. Perri Klass.
THE DOCTORS BLACKWELL illuminates these two remarkable women—in all their complicated, contradictory brilliance—whose profound influence changed the medical profession forever.
Janice P. Nimura—an independent historian whose last book, DAUGHTERS OF THE SAMURAI: A JOURNEY FROM EAST TO WEST AND BACK, was one of the New York Times's top 50 nonfiction books of 2015—received a Public Scholar Award from the National Endowment of Humanities for her research on THE DOCTORS BLACKWELL .
Perri Klass is a professor of journalism and pediatrics at New York University, codirector of NYU Florence, and national medical director of Reach Out and Read. Her book, A GOOD TIME TO BE BORN: HOW SCIENCE AND PUBLIC HEALTH GAVE CHILDREN A FUTURE is about the fight against child mortality that transformed parenting, doctoring, and the way we live. She writes the weekly column "The Checkup" for the New York Times.
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THE DOCTORS BLACKWELL looks closely at the sisters Elizabeth and Emily Blackwell, English immigrants who, in quick succession, became the first and third women, respectively, in the U.S. to earn medical degrees—and who, in 1857, founded the very first hospital staffed by women, the New York Infirmary for Indigent Women and Children.
The Blackwells’ ambitions extended far beyond themselves. Whereas Elizabeth strove to stand alongside her male allies as an exceptional woman who had proved herself their equal, Emily yearned to strip her gender and make her way in anonymity. Nimura writes of Elizabeth, “caring for suffering individuals had never been the engine that drove her. In becoming a doctor, she meant to heal humanity.” And as Emily once reminded Elizabeth, the point was “to be not the first female M.D.s, but the first of legions.”
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