Karl Taro Greenfeld, China Syndrome. The True Story of the 21st Century’s First Great Epidemic; Thomas Abraham, Twenty-First Plague. The Story of SARS.

The SARS crisis in 2003 very quickly gave rise to a number of analyses on its consequences in terms of public health by setting China and the World Health Organisation (WHO)f in opposition to each other in a global and quite general way. (1) Few accounts, however, take into consideration the plurality of the actors who were involved in this crisis, the brevity of which (a few months between December 2002 and April 2003) disguises somewhat the intensity of the efforts to bring it to an end. Two accounts published by journalists, one by Thomas Abraham, assistant professor at the Journalism and Media Studies Centre of the University of Hong Kong , the other by Karl Taro Greenfeld, former director of Time Asia, retrace the evolution of the epidemic from a chronological and geographic perspective. The account by Thomas Abraham is more academic and retrospective, evaluating the succession of events from the point of view of the epidemiological results that were finally established. That of Karl Taro Greenfeld, though written at a later stage, presents the events “in the heat of the moment

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