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The Year the World Went Mad Mark Woolhouse

The Year the World Went Mad von Mark Woolhouse

The Year the World Went Mad Mark Woolhouse

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Professor Mark Woolhouse, advisor to the Scottish and UK governments, gives his account of the pandemic period, explains what was done wrongly and why, and warns that pandemics will recur.

The Year the World Went Mad Zusammenfassung

The Year the World Went Mad: A Scientific Memoir Mark Woolhouse

In January 2020, leading epidemiologist Professor Mark Woolhouse learned of a new virus taking hold in China. He immediately foresaw a hard road ahead for the entire world, and emailed the Chief Medical Officer of Scotland warning that the UK should urgently begin preparations. A few days later he received a polite reply stating only that everything was under control.

In this astonishing account, Mark Woolhouse shares his story as an insider, having served on advisory groups to both the Scottish and UK governments. He reveals the disregarded advice, frustration of dealing with politicians, and the missteps that led to the deaths of vulnerable people, damage to livelihoods and the disruption of education. He explains the follies of lockdown and sets out the alternatives. Finally, he warns that when the next pandemic comes, we must not dither and we must not panic; never again should we make a global crisis even worse.

The Year the World Went Mad puts our recent, devastating, history in a completely new light.

The Year the World Went Mad Bewertungen

'So many issues clarified and insights eloquently expressed. This will be an essential book.'

-- Matt Ridley, author of Genome and How Innovation Works

'The Year the World Went Mad is a unique record of the pandemic year by an insider. Mark Woolhouse, an internationally acclaimed epidemiologist and advisor to the Scottish government, gives us a day-to-day account of debates and discussions inside government that formed drastic policies - lockdown, travel bans, school closures.'

-- Dorothy H. Crawford FRSE OBE, author of Deadly Companions and Viruses: A Very Short Introduction

'Vital reading for understanding where we're currently at.'

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Über Mark Woolhouse

Mark Woolhouse OBE is Professor of Infectious Disease Epidemiology at the University of Edinburgh, a post he has held for over twenty years. Well-known and respected in his field, he has received numerous awards and has been introduced on the Today Programme as 'one of Britain's most senior scientists'. Since January 2020 he has been heavily involved with the UK's response to COVID-19.


Matt Ridley is a British journalist and businessman, best known for his writings on science, the environment, and economics. He has written several science books, including The Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature (1994), Genome (1999), The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves (2010) and The Evolution of Everything: How Ideas Emerge (2015). He has been a regular contributor to The Telegraph. He has been a Conservative hereditary peer since 2013, with a seat in the House of Lords.

He is a member of two high-level government advisory bodies: SPI-M for the UK (a subcommittee of SAGE) and the C19 Advisory Group for Scottish Government.

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