ELIZABETH BARRETT-CONNOR, M.D.
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To the editor: I read with interest the December article by Rubin and Hendy on swine influenza and the news media (Ann Intern Med 87:769-774, 1977). I found much of their text pejorative and unreferenced, which may illustrate why physicians and perhaps the Center for Disease Control (CDC) were reluctant to talk with the press. For example, they start by stating that the inoculation program was a gamble that failed. Did the gamble fail? When one buys fire insurance for one's house, the absence of a fire is rarely considered to be a failure of the fire insurance. In the
BARRETT-CONNOR E. Influenza Immunization and the Press. Ann Intern Med. ;88:428. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-88-3-428_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1978;88(3):428.
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