Tag Archives: Infectious Diseases

Katherine Anne Porter and the 1918 Influenza Epidemic

Cristóbal S Berry-Cabán Womack Army Medical Center, Fort Bragg, NC (Summer 2017)   Fig 1. Katherine Anne Porter.  Photograph taken in Mexico, 1930. In Pale Horse, Pale Rider, Katherine Anne Porter weaves the horrors of the Great War, the 1918 influenza pandemic, and the near-death experience of a young woman in love with a doomed […]

Streptococcus and me

Andrea Meyerhoff Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, United States (Spring 2011)   Alpha and Beta hemolytic streptococci grown on blood agar I respect the streptococcus. It is a bacterium—a whole genus of them—that excels at making people sick. It may shape a childhood understanding of illness, rupture ties that bind a family, or drive an […]

Emerging infections: a perpetual challenge

David M Morens; Gregory K Folkers, and Anthony S Fauci National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), National Institutes of Health (NIH), Bethesda, MD, USA (Winter 2009) This article was first published in Lancet Infectious Diseases, Volume 8, Issue 11, Nov. 2008, pages 710-719 Summary Emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases, and their determinants, have […]