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- Nov 25, 2009
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- Central Illinois
I agree. Time will tell. If one wants to read about the last epidemic, I highly recommend John Barry's "The Great Influenza". Covers the influenza epidemic that killed millions. Still ranks more killed than the "puny" Covid-19. Plus gives the history of medical education in the U.S. and an account of medical research of the time. Laypeople will be able to understand it and one doesn't have to have a medical degree to read.I am not seeing enough evidence to suggest a booster yet, but it is coming.
Also the research of Oswald Avery is talked about as he worked furiously (as did others) trying to figure out the influenza. In his later research, Oswald Avery first outlined DNA as the transforming principle, which essentially means that it’s DNA, not proteins, that transform cell properties. DNA had been discovered much earlier but at the time they didn't know the ramifications of it. The timeline is at this link:
James Watson, Francis Crick, Maurice Wilkins, and Rosalind Franklin discovered the structure of DNA using X-ray diffraction as a means to determine the geometry of the molecule.
I remember in the mid-70's of a physics teacher in my small college trying to ressurect a donated x-ray diffraction machine
from the late 40's or 1950's. I was with him alone in the lab and he had lead bricks stacked all around the device. He'd pull a brick away and hold a radiation detector close to the gap. As he pulled it away, I was surprised the level dropped dramatically perpendicularly to the beam. It was just inches it dropped to near background radiation. He said that as long as one is not in the way of the direct beam source, the levels are pretty low. That was the best education I got in radiation safety I ever could of had.
Fast forward to when I was in medical residency in a trauma unit in the early 80's. When we needed x-rays, we took them ourselves. I know how to reload film cassettes as my father had a photo-mechanical reproduction business so I knew my way around a darkroom. It was all film back then. Now, (thank God) it's all digital. I still remember the smell from the film processing machines.
The gist of this is, is when we'd have to hold a wacked out trauma patient for x-rays, I knew most of the energy was going into the patient and not me. So yes I'd wear the heavy lead lined smock and if I had to have my hands near the field, the lead lined gloves.
I felt perfectly safe and yes, the lead lined smock had a flap that extended down to protect the "family jewels". Sorry for rambling.