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Reading Between the Lines

Steve Schoenbaum writes: “Inside the Outbreaks”, Mark Pendergrast’s wonderful history of the Centers for Disease Control’s Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS), can be read on many levels. I confess that as a former EIS officer (1967-1969), personally familiar with most of the “elite medical detectives” of the first few decades, I tended to read it “between…

Originally posted by Grrlscientist On March 30, 2009, at 2:55 PM Unlike most people who were raised in a religious household and grew up surrounded by religious people, I never experienced a “crisis of faith” since I never believed there was a god any more than I believed there was a Santa Claus or a…

Originally posted by Brian Switek On March 15, 2009, at 12:05 PM Ancestors are important. We like to know where we came from and what sort of legacy our forebears left, but it has only been recently that we have been able to trace the concept of “ancestor” through the depths of geological strata. I…

Originally posted by Brian Switek On March 8, 2009 6:32 PM On November 8, 1882 the paleontologist O.C. Marsh, popular minister Henry Beecher, industrialist Andrew Carnegie, and other influential men of the late 19th century converged on Delmonico’s Restaurant in New York. They were there to toast Herbert Spencer, the social scientist who had gone…