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A History of Eradication—Successes, Failures, and Controversies

D.A. Henderson

The Lancet, Volume 379, Issue 9819, Pages 884 - 885, 10 March 2012. DOI: 10.1016/S0140-6736(12)60381-X


Excerpt: In Eradication: Ridding the World of Diseases Forever? noted medical historian Nancy Leys Stepan objectively explores the origin, development of, and controversy surrounding eradication programmes during the past century—warts and all. The campaigns at issue are few but they have been the largest international health initiatives so far undertaken. Each is a saga unto itself. Proposals for the eradication of other diseases are regularly under consideration and often debated. Thus, the need to better understand the history of eradication programmes and their evolution.

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