The book begins with a few chapters on the effort to eradicate smallpox from the planet. The effort was successful! The author then takes us to the fight to find a vaccine for polio as well as attempting to remove the disease from all nations. A chapter on Bill Gates' activities in this effort is included. The author continues her history of 20th century diseases with malaria, HIV, measles, and ebola. The anti-vaccine movement is also covered.
I am a layperson and found the book to be an interesting read. However, it is a must read for medical professionals. It names the doctors and scientists who had involvement in each of these diseases and what their specific contributions were. The politics of the medical profession as well as the activities of the World Health Organization are discussed in detail. This is a great resource for future generations as well. Maintaining the history of the fight against these diseases is important.