Smallpox: Extinction or Containment?

On October 12th, 1977, Ali Maow Malin, a hospital cook and vaccination field worker in Somalia, drove two children with smallpox symptoms to a clinic. One of them, a girl named Habiba Nur Ali succumbed to the illness. Habiba was six years old and she was the last human being to die of naturally acquired […]

Ransoming Your Liver

James Surowiecki gives us a short & sweet look at unbridled market logic applied to drug prices: “Sovaldi can cure ninety per cent of (Hepatitis C) patients in three to six months, with only minor side effects. There’s just one catch: a single dose of the drug costs a thousand dollars, which means that a […]