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When I Use A Word …: Shalom Salmonella

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: (Published 04 January 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:i
  1. Jeff Aronson
  1. clinical pharmacologist in Oxford

    An outbreak of diarrhoea caused, I'm told, by small round structured viruses, reminded me of the time when we admitted several people with acute diarrhoea. They had all eaten salmon from the cold buffet at a wedding. It must be due to salmonella, I told the students. To their credit they didn't believe me; it turned out to be Escherichia coli. Of course, you can catch salmonella from salmon, but not etymologically.

    The Greeks used a sign …

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