MORTIMER P. STARR, PH.D.
Many factors are involved in the "emergence" of "new" infectious diseases in man, other animals, or plants. It occurred to me, while listening to the recitations at the International Symposium on Legionnaires' Disease (Atlanta, 13-15 November 1978), that not all categories of such factors had been explicitly considered. Space limitations preclude much more than a terse listing here, in no particular order or state of completeness, of some factors frequently noted as contributing to the "emergence" of "new" diseases: poverty, malnutrition, inadequate sanitation and medical care, "too much" medical care, ignorance, demography (ranging from the population explosion to "keeping people
MORTIMER P. STARR. Plant-Associated Bacteria as Human Pathogens: Disciplinal Insularity, Ambilateral Harmfulness, Epistemological Primacy. Ann Intern Med. 1979;90:708–710. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-90-4-708
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