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Forgotten People Forgotten Diseases: The Neglected Tropical Diseases and Their Impact on Global Health and Development, Second Edition

Editor: Peter J. Hotez1
Affiliations: 1: National School of Tropical Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine Sabin Vaccine Institute and Texas Children's Hospital Center for Vaccine DevelopmentJames A. Baker III Institute, Rice University, Houston, Texas;
Content Type: Trade
Publication Year: 2013

Category: General Interest

The neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) are the most common infections of the world’s poor, but few people know about these diseases and why they are so important. This second edition of provides an overview of the NTDs and how they devastate the poor, essentially trapping them in a vicious cycle of extreme poverty by preventing them from working or attaining their full intellectual and cognitive development.

Author Peter J. Hotez highlights a new opportunity to control and perhaps eliminate these ancient scourges, through alliances between nongovernmental development organizations and private-public partnerships to create a successful environment for mass drug administration and product development activities. also:

  • Addresses the myriad changes that have occurred in the field since the previous edition.
  • Describes how NTDs have affected impoverished populations for centuries, changing world history.
  • Considers the future impact of alliances between nongovernmental development organizations and private-public partnerships.
  • is an essential resource for anyone seeking a roadmap to coordinate global advocacy and mobilization of resources to combat NTDs.

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Midwest Book Review: Library Bookwatch (Online Book Reviews)

14 April 2014

Medical doctor and founding Dean of the national School of Tropical Medicine Peter J. Hotez presents Forgotten People, Forgotten Diseases, an in-depth discussion of neglected tropical diseases that among the most common infections of the world's poorest populations. Sicknesses covered include soil-transmitted helminth infections (such as hookworm infection), schistosomiasis (snail fever), tropical diseases that blind (such as river blindness and trachoma), mycobacterial infections, kinetoplastic infections (such as sleeping sickness and chagas disease), dengue, rabies, and much more. Now in an updated second edition, Forgotten People, Forgotten Diseases scrutinizes how these illnesses have harmed impoverished communities for centuries, and the economic and societal obstacles to treatment. The possibility of alliances between nongovernmental development organizations, as well as public-private partnerships, may allow a ray of hope to shine on a persistent, cyclical world health problem. A handful of color photographs, diagrams, and an index enhance this "must-have" for college and public library health and medicine collections, highly recommended.

Midwest Book Review

Library Bookwatch (Online Book Reviews) - The Health/Medicine Shelf

Reviewer: James A. Cox, Editor-in-Chief Midwest Book Review

Review Date: April 2014

Doody Enterprises

19 March 2014


This book offers a summary of the neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), reviewing current international control efforts and describing what additional work needs to be undertaken to prevent the poverty-perpetuating effects of these diseases on the world's poorest people. The first edition was published in 2008.


The purpose is to advocate for increased international efforts to control and eliminate NTDs. The review of the topic this book offers is invaluable. The goals of increasing awareness of NTDs, providing an understanding of the work done to date in the area, and describing the work that still needs to be done are effectively met.


The target audience is broad, including medical students and professionals, students of public health, policy makers and other individuals interested in helping the poor. Parts of the book unavoidably use scientific terminology, but not to the extent that prevents lay readers from understanding it. The author has a wealth of knowledge and experience on the topic.


The book provides a summary description of the most common NTDs, such as intestinal worms, schistosomiasis, filariasis, trachoma, and onchocerciasis, illustrating their global importance because of their high prevalence the associated suffering and disability they cause. The book describes current international control efforts as well as work that needs to be done. The book makes an important but highly technical topic accessible to lay readers in a relatively brief book. Illustrations, tables, and end of chapter summary points help highlight the big picture amidst the details of the book.


This is a worthwhile read for anyone interested in international health and the plight of the poor. It is a needed second edition, not because of changes in the diseases described, but because of the rapidly changing landscape of international organizations, collaborations, and control efforts that have blossomed over the last decade.

Doody Enterprises

Reviewer: Hans Dethlefs, MD (Heartland Community Health Network)

Review Date: September 2013

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