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Douglas Noble on vaccinating doctors

10 Oct, 11 | by BMJ Group

douglas nobleAs I lay in Regents Park on Saturday 1 October showing my one year old daughter the falling autumnal leaves and conkers it hardly felt like winter was approaching. Not least because it was thirty degrees Celsius, and there was more ice cream on sale than climate change proponents could swallow. Yet, winter is on the way and unofficial reports suggest it may be as cold as last year.  more…

Joe Collier on swine flu and ministries of fear

4 Nov, 09 | by BMJ Group

Professor Joe Collier One thing about the current swine flu pandemic is that it has brought with it a universal sense of fear. As with all fears, individuals respond differently, but we know what they are feeling because the sensation of fear, which varies from a mild anxiety to incapacitating panic, is so much part of our constitution that some see it as a normal component of the human condition. more…

Annabel Ferriman on questions for Margaret Chan

22 Jun, 09 | by BMJ Group

Annabel Ferriman The spread of A/H1N1 flu has propelled Margaret Chan, director general of the World Health Organization, into the limelight. On 11 June she was on television and radio programmes across the world, declaring that “the world is now at the start of the 2009 influenza pandemic” and that “further spread is considered inevitable”  more…

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