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BMJ 2003; 327 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjusa.03060001 (Published 19 November 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:E226
  1. Steven H Woolf, MD, MPH

    From BMJ USA 2003;June:292

    BMJ USA tends not to publish obituaries, but we do so this month to remember Carlo Urbani, an infectious disease specialist who first recognized severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) but died tragically from the disease (BMJ USA p 339).

    We are deferring articles about SARS itself, not because the disease is unimportant but because current thinking about its epidemiology, diagnosis, and treatment is shifting too fast for an article to maintain its currency into print.

    Meanwhile, it is interesting to watch the sociological dynamics engendered by SARS. A kind of stigma has descended on people who return from China, or even …

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