Bethesda, Md.—The man credited with leading
the successful effort to wipe natural smallpox from the planet told an audience
of scientists here that disease eradication campaigns no longer make sense
and in fact may be counterproductive.
"For those of us in public health, the thought of eradicating disease
has long been a siren song," said D.A. Henderson, MD, MPH, at the Fogarty
International Center's 35th anniversary global health lecture series at the
National Institutes of Health . "Even [Edward]
Jenner himself called for ending the pox scourge."
Vastag B. The Siren Song of Disease Eradication. JAMA. 2003;289(9):1090-1091. doi:10.1001/jama.289.9.1090