Monday, May 04, 2009

Flu science & society

The NPR program Talk of the Nation – Science Friday provides welcome balance in the discussion of the recent flu outbreak. Host Ira Flatow brings together several experts who approach the H1N1 flu seriously and sensibly. This one-hour program considers scientific, public-health, and social questions related to the disease and responses to it.

Most memorable for me is Howard Markel of the University of Michigan, commenting on the predictable rise of scape-goating in this public-health emergency. It is a common and useless response, he says, “that is a relic; we ought to put it in a medical museum.” Amen.

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