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Bad Air, Bad Blood: A Homeric Admonition

by John S. Marr, MD, MPH, and Robert M. Maulitz, MD Dr. John Marr had been the New York City health department’s principal epidemiologist for four months when in early October 1974 he received an unusual telephone call from the Brooklyn-Cumberland Medical Center. The physician caller reported a case of malaria, which by itself was neither urgent — the patient

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