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Advance Praise for 10 Lessons in Public Health “Part treatise on how to be an outstanding public health leader and part adventure novel. Sommer shares the defining moments that changed his own career and the global health landscape.” —Pierre Buekens, M.D., W. H. Watkins Professor and Dean, Department of Epidemiology, Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine “Al Sommer has distilled a lifetime of experience, adventure , and leadership into ten key lessons for aspiring leaders in public health. What Albert Schweitzer once observed about himself this book reveals about Alfred Sommer: his life is his argument. Sommer’s life story lays out the case in a lively, readable, compelling, and inspirational way.” —Harvey V. Fineberg, M.D., Ph.D., President, Institute of Medicine “This personal global health journey by a blazing pioneer in the field—through cholera, smallpox, blindness, a cyclone, and civil war—is an inspiring read for those considering a career in global health. It illustrates what can be done through perseverance and a passion to make a difference.” —Michael H. Merson, M.D., Founding Director, Duke Global Health Institute “Dr. Sommer observes that pursuing global health requires one ‘to stray from the traditional path.’ For those of us making this leap, he offers both inspiration and challenge. Inspiration that the less trodden path will yield the greatest societal impact and personal joy. And a challenge to pursue such a path ethically, tenaciously, inquisitively, and irreverently.” —Rebecca Onie, J.D., Cofounder and CEO, Health Leads “Dr. Sommer’s book makes the central point that a single person can fundamentally transform the lives of millions through a collision of intellect, serendipity, zeal for discovery , and respect for data. This is an engaging story to be read by every student of science and medicine—at the very least. “Dr. Sommer’s trek begins in cholera-ridden, postcolonial East Pakistan and concludes at Johns Hopkins. Along the way, his scientific insights and zeal lead to some of the most impactful discoveries of our time—including saving the sight and lives of millions of children. “His career has been spent, although sometimes serendipitously and not without self-deprecating humor, doing things ‘that matter.’ His is ‘meaningful science’ with a direct and immediate human impact and a story that should be read.” —David W. Parke II, M.D., Executive Vice President and CEO, American Academy of Ophthalmology “Through an often humorous account of his unique early personal trajectory, Al Sommer provides down-to-earth and inspiring advice for anybody interested in global health, for whom this book is the ultimate career guide.” —Peter Piot, C.M.G., M.D., Ph.D., D.T.M., F.R.C.P., F.Med.Sci., former UNAIDS Executive Director, former Under Secretary-General of the United Nations, Director of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention would find this book extremely useful in the training of its EIS officers . There are few, if any, similar publications written by a person with the experience and accomplishments of Dr. Sommer.” —Harrison C. Spencer, M.D., M.P.H., President and CEO, Association of Schools of Public Health “Al Sommer is as good a story teller as he is an epidemiologist and ophthalmologist. His stories are riveting, insightful , and inspiring. This most enjoyable read summarizes the life of a man who has taken many forks in the road, with nearly universal productivity in all.” —Bruce E. Spivey, M.D., M.Ed., M.S., Chairman, Pacific Vision Foundation, President of the International Council of Ophthalmology “There is a limit to what can be learned in a classroom about how to succeed in global public health. Al Sommer, fittingly, takes us into the field, tracing ten great lessons in public health practice learned through the trials, triumphs, mistakes, and wonderful surprises he encountered on his own path from Bangladesh to Baltimore.” —Emily Vasquez, Ph.D. candidate, Department of Sociomedical Sciences, Columbia University This page intentionally left blank ...


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