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John Snow

Yesterday I gave a nod to an important epidemiologist, the late Alice Stewart. I’m old enough to have known her, but not old enough to know the most famous epidemiologist of all — indeed sometimes called the “Father of Epidemiology” — Dr. John Snow. Snow is also claimed as the “Father of Anesthesiology” because he…

Alice Stewart

If you aren’t an epidemiologist of a certain age — or even if you are — you’ve probably not heard of Alice Stewart. Alice was one of England’s premier epidemiologists in the mid to late 20th century, but I didn’t meet her until she was in her 80s. At the time she could still bound…

Albert Einstein: birthday greetings

Today is Einstein’s birthday. If he were still alive he’d be 131. Those of you who have been reading here for a long time know that Einstein was (and is) one of my “culture heroes.” When I was a kid I sent him birthday cards (yes, I’m that old) and when he died made a…

Galileo in the Digital Age

I sometimes wake up in the middle of the night and think about things. In fact I frequently have a problem with early waking. I think it’s age related. In any event, one of the things I sometimes think about (mainly I think about my research or something connected with it, which is one reason…

Swine flu: pig meets rabbit

Of the three main modes of infection for flu — transmission by large droplets, transmission by tiny suspended aerosols, transmission via inanimate objects (also called fomites) — it is the last that is the least certain but garners the most attention in the form of hand hygiene, disinfectants and now, fear of magazines and toys…

A lot of kids have personal “culture heroes” when they are growing up. I suppose athletes and celebrities predominate, maybe a political personage here and there. But I suspect lots of kids also have scientists or artists as personal heroes. My own culture hero when I was a youngster (Elementary School) was Albert Einstein (March…