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- Princeton economist Angus Deaton's new book, The Great Escape: Health, Wealth, and the Origins of Inequality is now available for pre-order (it comes out in September). Professor Deaton has been teaching a class on health, poverty, and inequality for years at the Woodrow Wilson School, and this book grew out of that class. We read a close-to-final version for his class in the spring and it was quite good.
- Read Donald McNeil, Jr.'s NYT coverage of the continuing fallout from the bin Laden fake vaccination plot: "Pakistan Battles Polio, and Its People’s Mistrust". And for something positive that could be done on this front, read Charles Kenny.
- NPR's Shots blog (on health) has had some great reporting lately -- for instance, "How Midwives Have Become Critical In War Zones".
- Andrew Gelman writes about the statistics and spurious findings in psychology research at Slate: "Too Good to Be True."
- In The Pipeline (everyone's favorite organic chemistry blog) has had some great coverage of the GSK scandal in China -- it's about bribery, but also about research ethics and reliability.
- Finally, it turns out some viruses are really big.