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Thursday, August 17th 2006

The Disconnect

I heard a lecturer misquoting some information about the avian flu scare today (they do know a lot though). This post is only tangentally about the disconnect between some basic science lecturers and clinical practice. We all know that exists.

He did remind me of the swine scare of the 1970s though. I (and everyone else watching the media coverage of H5N1) had previously set the current flu freakout up next to Gerald Ford’s befuddled attempt to protect the nation in 1976. Specifically the lecturer reminded me of the numerous cases of Guillain-Barre which were tied to the vaccine.