Julie Gerberding: The Health-Crisis Manager

The Health-Crisis Manager

It was in the basement of her family's rural South Dakota home that Julie Gerberding created her first laboratory, studied the life cycle of bugs and planted the roots of her public-health career. As the first female director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), she helms an agency that is the nation's front line of defense against invasions from the world of microbes both natural and, with the threat of bioterrorism, increasingly man-made. A careful, soft-spoken physician, Gerberding first drew attention for her honest, concise handling of the anthrax attacks in 2001. Since getting the top CDC post...

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