In One Health and the Politics of Antimicrobial Resistance, Dr. Kahn investigates the use of antibiotics and the surge in antimicrobial resistance in food animals and humans using the One Health concept as a framework. Although the medical community has blamed the problem on agricultural practices, the agricultural community insists that antibiotic resistance is the result of indiscriminate use of antibiotics in human medicine. Dr. Kahn argues that this blame game has fueled the politics of antibiotic resistance and hindered the development of effective policies to address the worsening crisis.
Combining painstaking research with unprecedented access to international data, the book analyzes the surprising outcomes of different policy approaches to antibiotic resistance around the globe. By integrating the perspectives of both medicine and agriculture and exploring the history and science behind the widespread use of growth-promoting antibiotics, One Health and the Politics of Antimicrobial Resistance examines the controversy in a unique way while offering policy recommendations that all sides can accept.
Who’s In Charge? is a book that all public health professionals, elected officials, and board of health members should read. It provides an historic perspective of epidemics and bioterrorist attacks that sets the stage for the real focus of the book – leadership during a crisis. You will finish this book with a much better understanding of the critical components needed to effectively and efficiently address a public health crisis – collaboration, communication and informed leaders from multiple sectors. Understanding these critical components is reinforced through the telling of behind the scenes summaries of actual public health events.