Texas A&M University Press Releases Free Ebook On Pandemics By COVID-19 Experts

The book advocates One Health, focusing on the interdependence of human, animal and environmental health to prevent and prepare for pandemics.
By Texas A&M University Press June 4, 2020

a photo of the book "Preparing for Pandemics"
The book was already in development prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Texas A&M University Press

Texas A&M University Press has made available a free and downloadable ebook edition of Preparing for Pandemics in the Modern World.

The book, which will be formally published later this fall, was already in development before the outbreak of the current COVID-19 pandemic.

“The Press believes that the information contained in this book is time-sensitive, urgently needed, and will make a positive contribution toward navigating the current pandemic,” said Jay Dew, director of Texas A&M University Press. “To that end, we are pleased to make the book available to all by releasing it immediately as a free pre-publication edition.”

Download the book from the Texas A&M University Press website.

The book’s wide audience includes the general public, policy makers and those in charge at the city, county, state, and national levels for emergency response and preparedness, University Press officials said. The book advocates the One Health concept which is the focus on the interdependence of human, animal, and environmental health which helps us to prevent and prepare for pandemics.

“In this regard, the book is meant for everyone—to highlight and better understand the roles we all play in pandemic prevention and preparedness,” they said.

Chapters include business planning for pandemics, the impacts of supply chain disruption, and lessons learned from the 1918 influenza pandemic and why they still matter today.

The editor of the book is Christine Crudo Blackburn, deputy director of the Pandemic and Biosecurity Policy Program at the Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs at the Bush School of Government and Public Service and an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Health Promotion and Community Health Sciences at the Texas A&M University School of Public Health.

Media contact: Christine Brown, Texas A&M University Press,

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