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Another Dimension

Thoughtful essays, short stories, or poems on philosophical issues related to science, medical practice, and human health. Topics may include science and the human condition, the unanticipated side of epidemic investigations, or how people perceive and cope with infections and illness.

Volume 18—2012

Volume 18, Number 11—November 2012

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Pandemic Influenza Outbreak on a Troop Ship—Diary of a Soldier in 1918 PDF Version [PDF - 265 KB - 4 pages]
J. A. Summers
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A newly identified diary from a soldier in 1918 describes aspects of a troop ship outbreak of pandemic influenza. This diary is the only known document that describes this outbreak and provides information not officially documented concerning possible risk factors such as overcrowding and the suboptimal outbreak response by military leaders. It also presents an independent personal perspective of this overwhelming experience.

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EID Summers JA. Pandemic Influenza Outbreak on a Troop Ship—Diary of a Soldier in 1918. Emerg Infect Dis. 2012;18(11):1900-1903. https://dx.doi.org/10.3201/eid1811.AD1811
AMA Summers JA. Pandemic Influenza Outbreak on a Troop Ship—Diary of a Soldier in 1918. Emerging Infectious Diseases. 2012;18(11):1900-1903. doi:10.3201/eid1811.AD1811.
APA Summers, J. A. (2012). Pandemic Influenza Outbreak on a Troop Ship—Diary of a Soldier in 1918. Emerging Infectious Diseases, 18(11), 1900-1903. https://dx.doi.org/10.3201/eid1811.AD1811.

Volume 18, Number 10—October 2012

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A Natural History of Infective Endocarditis, Preceded by Decompensated Chronic Liver Disease and Severe Community-Acquired Pneumonia PDF Version [PDF - 217 KB - 2 pages]
N. L. Merridew
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EID Merridew NL. A Natural History of Infective Endocarditis, Preceded by Decompensated Chronic Liver Disease and Severe Community-Acquired Pneumonia. Emerg Infect Dis. 2012;18(10):1684-1685. https://dx.doi.org/10.3201/eid1810.AD1810
AMA Merridew NL. A Natural History of Infective Endocarditis, Preceded by Decompensated Chronic Liver Disease and Severe Community-Acquired Pneumonia. Emerging Infectious Diseases. 2012;18(10):1684-1685. doi:10.3201/eid1810.AD1810.
APA Merridew, N. L. (2012). A Natural History of Infective Endocarditis, Preceded by Decompensated Chronic Liver Disease and Severe Community-Acquired Pneumonia. Emerging Infectious Diseases, 18(10), 1684-1685. https://dx.doi.org/10.3201/eid1810.AD1810.

Volume 18, Number 7—July 2012

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Tracking the Vector of Onchocerca lupi in a Rural Area of Greece PDF Version [PDF - 384 KB - 5 pages]
D. Otranto et al.
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EID Otranto D, Dantas-Torres F, Papadopoulos E, Petrić D, Ćupina A, Bain O, et al. Tracking the Vector of Onchocerca lupi in a Rural Area of Greece. Emerg Infect Dis. 2012;18(7):1196-1200. https://dx.doi.org/10.3201/eid1807.AD1807
AMA Otranto D, Dantas-Torres F, Papadopoulos E, et al. Tracking the Vector of Onchocerca lupi in a Rural Area of Greece. Emerging Infectious Diseases. 2012;18(7):1196-1200. doi:10.3201/eid1807.AD1807.
APA Otranto, D., Dantas-Torres, F., Papadopoulos, E., Petrić, D., Ćupina, A., & Bain, O. (2012). Tracking the Vector of Onchocerca lupi in a Rural Area of Greece. Emerging Infectious Diseases, 18(7), 1196-1200. https://dx.doi.org/10.3201/eid1807.AD1807.

Volume 18, Number 4—April 2012

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Leaving the Hospital PDF Version [PDF - 189 KB - 1 page]
A. Silver
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EID Silver A. Leaving the Hospital. Emerg Infect Dis. 2012;18(4):687. https://dx.doi.org/10.3201/eid1804.AD1804
AMA Silver A. Leaving the Hospital. Emerging Infectious Diseases. 2012;18(4):687. doi:10.3201/eid1804.AD1804.
APA Silver, A. (2012). Leaving the Hospital. Emerging Infectious Diseases, 18(4), 687. https://dx.doi.org/10.3201/eid1804.AD1804.

Volume 18, Number 1—January 2012

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The Plague of Thebes, a Historical Epidemic in Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex PDF Version [PDF - 195 KB - 5 pages]
A. A. Kousoulis et al.
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Brucella abortus may have been the etiologic agent.

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Sophocles, one of the most noted playwrights of the ancient world, wrote the tragedy Oedipus Rex in the first half of the decade 430–420 bc. A lethal plague is described in this drama. We adopted a critical approach to Oedipus Rex in analyzing the literary description of the disease, unraveling its clinical features, and defining a possible underlying cause. Our goals were to clarify whether the plague described in Oedipus Rex reflects an actual historical event; to compare it with the plague of Athens, which was described by Thucydides as occurring around the same time Sophocles wrote; and to propose a likely causative pathogen. A critical reading of Oedipus Rex and a comparison with Thucydides’ history, as well as a systematic review of historical data, strongly suggests that this epidemic was an actual event, possibly caused by Brucella abortus.

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EID Kousoulis AA, Economopoulos KP, Poulakou-Rebelakou E, Androutsos G, Tsiodras S. The Plague of Thebes, a Historical Epidemic in Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex. Emerg Infect Dis. 2012;18(1):153-157. https://dx.doi.org/10.3201/eid1801.AD1801
AMA Kousoulis AA, Economopoulos KP, Poulakou-Rebelakou E, et al. The Plague of Thebes, a Historical Epidemic in Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex. Emerging Infectious Diseases. 2012;18(1):153-157. doi:10.3201/eid1801.AD1801.
APA Kousoulis, A. A., Economopoulos, K. P., Poulakou-Rebelakou, E., Androutsos, G., & Tsiodras, S. (2012). The Plague of Thebes, a Historical Epidemic in Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex. Emerging Infectious Diseases, 18(1), 153-157. https://dx.doi.org/10.3201/eid1801.AD1801.

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