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Good news, and some bad

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.323.7314.701/a (Published 22 September 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:701
  1. George Dunea, attending physician
  1. Cook County Hospital, Chicago, USA

    It is a sad reflection on human nature that crimes, misdeeds, mishaps, and mistakes are generally more newsworthy than the deeds of good men. It is therefore gratifying to read in our local newspapers about two Polish doctors who, during the German occupation, simulated a typhus epidemic by injecting patients who had other fevers with a harmless bacterium that would yield a positive test for typhus. By frightening the Germans into quarantining …

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