Global Health Summer Reading

Drs. Liese and Vuckovic catch up on some reading outside St. Mary's Hall.

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Looking for some Summer Reading?

Georgetown’s International Health Faculty has you covered!

Economics and Development

Policy and Health Systems



  • The Great Influenza by John Berry
    Recommended by Jennifer Huang Bouey
  • The Viral Storm by Nathan Wolfe
    Myriam Vuckovic: “It’s about infectious diseases and viruses — Wolfe is a biologist.  Written more like a crime novel — fun and engaging.”
  • Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic by David Quammen
    Claire Standley: “It’s a clearly-written overview of zoonotic diseases and their importance to global health.  Intended for a general audience, but with sufficient technical detail to still be interesting to those in the field.  Published in 2012, it’s eerily prescient of the 2014 West Africa ebola outbreak.”  Also recommended  by Jennifer Huang Bouey.


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  • Acts of Faith by Philip Caputo
    Peter Bachrach: “Not sure why Sudan inspires great fiction, but it seems to.”
  • Circling the Sun by Paula McLain
    Eva Jarawan: “It’s about the role of women in British Kenya in the early 1900s.”
  • The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson
    Eva Jarawan: “This book is about the role of women in British societies around World War I.”
  • Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
    Eva Jarawan: “Set in Ethiopia, it deals will maternal health and medical training in an interesting story.”
  • The Samurai’s Garden by Gail Tsukiyama
    Bernhard Liese: “Short and impressive.”