Posts By Frank Gillingham, MD

The H1N1 virus is no longer front page news, and the World Health Organization (WHO) has not classified the current outbreak as a pandemic despite 40 countries collectively reporting over 10,000 cases, including 79 deaths. Most epidemiologists agree that widespread transmission of H1N1 is inevitable, and that a more virulent strain may emerge in the fall. This sobering prediction and…

As the evidence mounts that the H1N1 virus is beginning to stall out at as a "near pandemic" (currently WHO Level 5), what have we learned so far? First, although intense media coverage has sparked the sales of face masks and engendered a great deal of anxiety, CDC and WHO officials and the federal government have managed the outbreak with…

Not since the panic of 1976, when a Fort Dix, New Jersey soldier died and four of his fellow recruits became ill, has there been such attention paid to swine flu. The 1976 "outbreak" triggered a massive effort from the US government to immunize the entire population. The pandemic never materialized despite only 24 per cent of the population receiving…

Ever since pilgrims to Epidaurus sought the healing powers of Asclepius, the Greek God of Medicine, people have traveled to distant destinations to obtain medical care. Today published reports suggest that a new medical migration is taking place. Some estimate that as many as one million patients worldwide leave their home countries to be treated for everything from a toothache,…

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