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Finding a Scapegoat When Epidemics Strike

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This essay, by Donald McNeil Jr, examines the historical need for societies to place blame in the aftermath of an epidemic.

“When disease strikes and humans suffer,” said Dr. Liise-anne Pirofski, chief of infectious diseases at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and an expert on the history of epidemics, “the need to understand why is very powerful. And, unfortunately, identification of a scapegoat is sometimes inevitable.”

Definitely worth reading as we deal with another epidemic.
 
 

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