To accompany the launch of my book, Denialism, I have decided to join the rest of the cyber world, and start a blog. I intend to write about issues like public health, genetics, and global food policy, which have always preoccupied me. And maybe also about other important topics, such as bicycles and the Yankees. Since H1N1 is on everyone¹s mind, let's start with that. Read more »
Tags: flu vaccination, h1n1, medicine, swine flu, thimerosal, vaccination
Tags: Infectious Diseases, New Yorker, h1n1, science, swine flu
View the PDF On April 21st, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that two children in Southern California had developed a “febrile respiratory illness” caused by a flu virus that had never before been recognized in humans. The C.D.C. referred to the infection, in its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report , as a swine-flu virus, because some of its genes matched genes found in pigs. It was a deeply unfortunate—and largely misleading—choice of words.