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Ready to Go: The History and Contributions of U.S. Public Health Advisors tells the story of the Public Health Advisors (PHAs) from 1948 to the present. This story begins with an experiment. In 1948, a cadre of college graduates who looked more like door-to-door salesmen became the front
line in the war against syphilis. They proved they could do the "dirty work" and became Public Health Advisors or "PHAs."
Fast forward to September 11, 2001. The descendants of the original PHAs were the reason that CDC's aircraft could fly lifesaving equipment and personnel to Ground Zero despite the grounding of all civilian aircraft. By this time, PHAs were known as the ones who got things done.
This powerful book takes the reader into the amazing world of these exceptional men and women who call themselves Public Health Advisors. The true stories contained in these pages span humanitarian disasters such as floods, Three Mile Island, and the fall of Saigon. They introduce the uninitiated to the bravery involved in smallpox eradication, hantavirus discovery and health work in unimaginable conditions.