I write a lot on here about evolution, and more about epidemiology. A recent article in Emerging Infectious Diseases discusses a unique combination of the two: 2,500-year Evolution of the Term Epidemic. I’ve said before that I’m about the farthest thing from a language scholar you can find, but it’s an interesting article tracking how the usage of the term has changed since the time of the ancient Greeks.

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  1. #1 SteveF
    May 26, 2006

    Sorry for the off topic nature of this post, but here is an interesting link. The next issue of Science should be worth waiting for.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/5012268.stm

  2. #2 Tara C. Smith
    May 26, 2006

    Yup, planning a post on that for Tuesday after the holiday. Christine Gorman also has a post on it here.