Showing posts with label epidemiology. Show all posts
Showing posts with label epidemiology. Show all posts

Monday, June 7, 2010

Letter of the Day: June 7 (1 of 2) - Cuba! Yellow Fever! Sea Sickness!

Curatorial Records: Numbered Correspondence 4638

War Department,
Office of the Surgeon General,
Army Medical Museum and Library,
June 7, 1900


Lt. Col. Francis B. Jones,

Quartermaster’s Department, U.S.A.

Army Building, 39 Whitehall St.

New York, N.Y.




Per Special Orders No. 122, Par. 33, A.G.O. May 24, 1900, Actg. Asst. Surgeon James Carroll and I are ordered to proceed from New York City to Havana, Cuba. I have this day been informed by Col. Bird, of your Department, that the transports Crook and Sedgwick will probably sail from New York for Havana about June 20th, and I, therefore, request that you will kindly reserve accommodations for Dr. Carroll and myself on one of these vessels. As both of us suffer very much from sea-sickness we would be glad to give state rooms amidships, if possible, and on the transport that is considered the steadiest sea-going boat.


Very respectfully,

Walter Reed

Major & Surgeon,

U.S. Army

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Good summary of influenza response in NY Times

The Museum had an epidemiologist from the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research speaking last month, and he noted that if you prevent an epidemic, you never know. His example was West Nile Fever - he said that if you had completely fogged New York City the first year it showed up, and killed all mosquitoes, it wouldn't be established in the US -- but would the political cost have been possible to do that? Especially since one would never have seen the following year's hysteria?

U.S. Reaction to Swine Flu: Apt and Lucky
Published: January 2, 2010
Medical experts have found that a series of rapid but conservative decisions by federal officials worked out better than many had dared hope.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Technology changing healthcare articles

One on the problems of epidemiology in the cell phone age - "Cellphones' Growth Does a Number on Health Research," By David Brown, Washington Post Staff Writer, Monday, January 12, 2009; Page A04.

And one on rethinking care in the ICU - "A Tactic to Cut I.C.U. Trauma: Get Patients Up," By GINA KOLATA, New York Times January 12, 2009. Doctors are experimenting with radical solutions to ward off the effects of prolonged stays in intensive care units. This article talks about several debilitating effects including that of sedation, which I can believe. Recent dental anesthesia, which was really very mild, really messed with my mind.