Could we blow up the world with nuclear weapons?

Ever since the latest ruler of North Korea began testing missiles; the threat of detonation of nuclear devices is more often on the minds of the public. Simply stated, as long as these weapons of annihilation exist, so too will the temptation to use them. Although military experts speak of the survivability of what they …

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Being an undiagnosed Dyslexic in 1960’s American Public Education is not for the Meek.

This is an excerpt from a talk I gave on my experience with Dyslexia in the American Public Health System in the 1960's for a Learning Disabilities Podcast When I recall the most memorable events of my childhood education, one in particular, comes immediately to mind. It was the late-1960's in small-town Maine at our …

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The Best of Times, the Worst of Times

During the late teens and early 20’s of the last century, the War to end all wars (a misnomer if there ever was one) had ended, and the Spanish Flu (that originated in Kansas) had run its devastating course. Perhaps no period in American history saw such abrupt changes to society as the period of the …

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The (Not so) Spanish Flu, and How it Became the Deadliest Epidemic in Modern Time.

I had a little bird, its name was Enza. I opened the window, and in flew Enza.      ~Children’s rhyme of 1917 In early March 2018 a mess cook at an Army base in Kansas reported to the infirmary complaining of sore throat, headache, and fever. After being checked over, the doctor could find no …

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The Eradication of Smallpox and the Helper T-Cells

In May of 1980, the World Health Organization (WHO) pronounced, after two centuries, that the fight against smallpox had ended. This meant that there were no known cases of the disease anywhere on the planet. Many other infectious diseases have returned from the brink of extinction, but few have been so deadly as the only …

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On Being a Disease Detective

  Recently, I was asked what a disease detective did. While I considered my response, a situation came to mind from a few years back that captured the process perfectly. The following events are true, the names of been changed to protect the innocent, namely me. Shifu: This can't be right, it must be a …

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