Normal Limits

"Chance is the very guide of life"

"In practical medicine the facts are far too few for them to enter into the calculus of probabilities... in applied medicine we are always concerned with the individual" -- S. D. Poisson

November 26, 2005

NYT - The Deadly Shot

NYT Editorial on the problem of neede re-use in poor countries leading to HIV and Hepatitis C infections.

As third-world health problems go, this one seems solvable. Single-use syringes, whose plungers break or are blocked after first use, cost about 6 cents apiece.

The biggest problem is that many poor countries are injection-crazy... patients demand injections because they think the medicine is stronger, and health care workers like to give them because they can charge more.

The Safe Injection Global Network, backed partly by the World Health Organization, is trying to help countries develop educational programs for health care workers and doctors.

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