The Air We Breathe

This is an article with the author of the current book I’m reading, The Air We Breathe.  The author’s name is Andrea Barrett, and apparently she studied biology as a student.  The novel is about the patients and staff at a tuberculosis sanatorium at the beginning of World War I. 

I thought this was a nice quote describing Barrett’s inspiration, a reason I am drawn to books such as these:

“Infectious disease exists at this intersection between real science, medicine, public health, social policy and human conflict,” Barrett tells Melissa Block.  “There’s a tendency of people to try and make a group out of those who have the disease. It makes people who don’t have the disease feel safer, so I think it’s that moment that really interests me,” she says.

Andrea Barrett quoted from npr.org

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