Saturday, February 3, 2018

The Doctors' Dilemma....And Oh How (Embarrasingly) Wrong He Got It!

Sometimes posterity is not kind to our opinions.
The Plague Doctor


I dug into the archives to find this famous quote from Professor Robert G. Petersdorf, made during a Alpha Omega Alpha (national medical honor society)  address at the University of Chicago (1978). The paper is found here (NEJM)

"Even with my great personal loyalties to infectious diseases, I cannot conceive of a need for 309 more infectious-diseases experts unless they spend their time culturing each other."

I mean no disrespect. I have tremendous admiration for Dr. Ptersdorf's accomplishments. No doubt he achieved more than I ever will.

Since the above proclamation, however, we have witnessed the emergence/re-emergence of HIV, Ebola, SARS, MERS, Zika virus, Chikungunya virus, multi-drug resistant bacteria, Clostridium difficile, Anthrax, H1N1 influenza, plague and drug resistant malaria, just to name of few as no doubt you get the point.

Infectious diseases specialist are still relevant and in demand.

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