DENVER, Colo. – In his new book releasing this month, “The Second Coming of the White Plague,” Denver author and professor Leonid Heifets, MD, PhD, ScD presents a provocative review of the public health and political problems related to tuberculosis, which causes more deaths in the world than AIDS, malaria, and leprosy combined.
Dr. Heifets rings an alarm that current worldwide TB control measures are insufficient to prevent further spread of epidemics of drug-resistant tuberculosis. His book is an effort to educate the public on TB and, in particular, on the likely possibility that new and alarming drug resistant forms of the disease will lead to epidemics of incurable tuberculosis.
This critique, in part, is based on the analyses of factual data presented in the World Health Organization and the US Government publications. Examples of the specific situations in three areas with high-burden TB are discussed: Africa, Russia, and India. “The Second Coming of the White Plague” provides fascinating insight on the history of tuberculosis and the history of major discoveries that have led to the current knowledge about TB.
Published by Tate Publishing and Enterprises, the book is available through bookstores nationwide, from the publisher at www.tatepublishing.com/bookstore, or by visiting barnesandnoble.com or amazon.com.
Leonid Heifets, MD, PhD, ScD, is a professor of microbiology at the National Jewish Health and at the University of Colorado Health Science Center, Denver, Colorado. During the period of employment at National Jewish, Dr. Heifets authored or edited more than 100 scientific papers and monographs in the field of tuberculosis and related infections. In 2009, the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Diseases presented Dr. Heifets with the Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his “outstanding contribution to TB control and prevention.”