"We estimate that 103 million cases of childhood diseases (95% of those that would otherwise have occurred) have been prevented since 1924; in the past decade alone, 26 million cases (99% of those that would otherwise have occurred) were prevented. ...Multiple resurgences of four contagious diseases (measles, rubella, mumps, and pertussis) have occurred despite ongoing vaccination programs. Local gaps in vaccine coverage can disrupt local herd immunity, resulting in outbreaks when people come into contact with pathogens because of imported cases or relocation (e.g., college enrollment). Reported rates of vaccine refusal or delay are increasing. ...Lack of access to historical epidemiologic data constrains scientific understanding of the dynamics of disease transmission, hampers disease-control programs, and limits public health education programs. We believe that open access to large disease surveillance data sets in computable form should become a worldwide norm."

—W.G. van Panhuis and Others, "Contagious Diseases in the United States from 1888 to the Present," The New England Journal of Medicine, November 28th, 2013

"The most judicious, if somewhat disappointing, modern
answers now tend to shelve the big
problem, by suggesting that the Greeks never
'came' to Greece,
in the sense of a mass
movement of peoples, at all; but a
Greek-speaking community 'was formed'
by persons and
processes unknown, maybe
through a gradual amalgamation of
incomers and the 'native'
—Mary Beard, "What Was Greek to Them?,"
New York Review of Books, 12/5/2013


What are you most afraid of, about passing? What are you most afraid of losing from this world?