epidemics

Epidemic Diseases and Public Health

Journal/Website: 
Journal of the Medical Association of Georgia
Article Type: 
Editorial
Published Date: 
Wednesday, May 3, 1995

And I looked, and behold, a pale horse; and his name that sat on him was Death.
Revelation 6:8

Vaccines and Epidemics

Author: 
Jane M. Orient, MD
Article Type: 
Editorial
Issue: 
Fall 2001
Volume Number: 
6
Issue Number: 
3

It has been said that every epidemic begins with a single case report. A single case report, however, could just be an anecdote, and most "clusters" turn out to be statistical artifacts.

One can make two types of errors: Type A --- overreacting to a false alarm like Chicken Little; and Type B --- ignoring a sentinel event and behaving like an ostrich.

To limit the mortality and morbidity if there really is an epidemic, we must investigate case reports dispassionately, following the evidence wherever it leads --- even if we must dare to question some sacred cows.

Medical History --- Hygiene and Sanitation

Author: 
Miguel A. Faria, Jr., MD
Article Type: 
Feature Article
Issue: 
Winter 2002
Volume Number: 
7
Issue Number: 
4

The word hygiene comes from Hygeia, the Greek goddess of health (photo, below), who was the daughter of Aesculapius, the god of medicine. Since the advent of the Industrial Revolution (c.1750-1850) and the discovery of the germ theory of disease in the second half of the nineteenth century, Hygeiahygiene and sanitation have been at the forefront of the struggle against illness and disease.(1)

Medical History --- Plagues and Epidemics

Author: 
Miguel A. Faria, Jr., MD
Article Type: 
Feature Article
Issue: 
Winter 2002
Volume Number: 
7
Issue Number: 
4

Since the fall of the Western Roman Empire, there have been three major bubonic plague epidemics, which afflicted large segments of the population in the continuous Eurasian landmass and North Africa. Death quickly followed the trade routes of the times. The death toll is almost incomprehensible. The Plague of Justinian (6th Century A.D.), the Black Death (14th Century A.D.), and the Bubonic Plague (1665-1666, which coincided with the Great Fire of London) caused an estimated 137 million dead in a world much more sparsely populated than it is today.

Socialized Medicine in Cuba (Part II): "Doctor Diplomacy," Sex Tourism, and Medical Apartheid

Journal/Website: 
Surgical Neurology
Article Type: 
Article
Published Date: 
Wednesday, September 1, 2004
Source: 
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0090301903007468

In Part I of this essay, we discussed the secret epidemic of dengue fever, the Cuban gulag, and other aspects of Cuban medicine leading to a poor state of health in that Caribbean island, based on Dr. Dessy Mendoza Rivero's book ¡Dengue!-La Epidemia Secreta de Fidel Castro (Dengue! The Secret Epidemic of Fidel Castro).

Socialized (Free) Medical Care in Cuba (Part I): A Poor State of Health

Journal/Website: 
Surgical Neurology
Article Type: 
Article
Published Date: 
Sunday, August 1, 2004
Source: 
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0090301903007456

Those in the United States who yearn for a more "egalitarian" and "equitable" system of medical care "like the one in Cuba" are not familiar with the extraordinary saga of Cuban physician Dr. Dessy Mendoza Rivero, who has managed to get the word out for anyone willing to listen. And they should. ¡Dengue!-La Epidemia Secreta de Fidel Castro (Dengue! The Secret Epidemic of Fidel Castro) is the title of his book and one that should be read attentively.

Socialized Medicine in Cuba 2002 (Part I): A Poor State of Health!

Journal/Website: 
NewsMax.com
Article Type: 
Commentary
Published Date: 
Tuesday, August 20, 2002
Source: 
http://archive.newsmax.com/archives/articles/2002/8/19/174145.shtml

Those who yearn for a more "egalitarian" and "equitable" system of medical care "like the one in Cuba" are not familiar with the extraordinary saga of Cuban physician Dr. Dessy Mendoza Rivero. But they should be! "¡Dengue! ­ La Epidemia Secreta de Fidel Castro," the title of his book, is one they should read. But they won't!