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Books, Journals, New Media
January 19, 2005

Disease History

Author Affiliations

Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; David H. Morse, MS, University of Southern California, Norris Medical Library, Journal Review Editor.

JAMA. 2005;293(3):369-375. doi:10.1001/jama.293.3.374-a

Much has transpired since 1967 when the Surgeon General optimistically concluded, based on scientific advances in antibiotic therapy and vaccine development, that the threat of infectious diseases had passed and that the future belonged to better understanding and control of the threat of chronic diseases. Thirty-eight years later we find ourselves in an incredible infectious-disease-of-the-year club, confronted with newly recognized and re-emerging diseases, treatment-resistant pathogens, and, perhaps most ironic, the threat of deliberate reintroduction of previously controlled or eradicated pathogens by our own kind.

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