In 2011, Dr. Peter J. Hotez relocated to Houston to launch Baylor's National
School of Tropical Medicine. He was shocked to discover that a number of
neglected diseases often associated with developing countries were widespread in
impoverished Texas communities. Despite the United States' economic prowess and
first-world status, an estimated 12 million Americans living at the poverty
level currently suffer from at least one neglected tropical disease, or NTD.
Hotez concluded that the world's neglected diseases?which include tuberculosis,
hookworm infection, lymphatic filariasis, Chagas disease, and leishmaniasis?are
born first and foremost of extreme poverty.
In this book, Hotez describes a new global paradigm known as "blue marble