Sars is but the latest epidemic to plague mankind. Syphilis has been around for 500 years, has claimed famous victims, and now threatens a comeback.
Diseases are fine as long as we bring them on ourselves. But Sars is random!
Observations on junior doctors' hours
Theodore Dalrymple advises that we still have more to fear from flu and heart disease than from Sars
Observations on Blackpool: the Spanish view
Watson and DNA: making a scientific revolution
Victor K McElheny <em>John Wiley & Sons, 380pp, £1
Theodore Dalrymple explains the tricks hospitals will use to meet a new government target for emerge
The spread of a lethal disease shows the dangers of closed societies that cover up bad news
A Wonderful Little Girl: the true story of Sarah Jacob, the Welsh fasting girl
Sian Busby <em>Shor
Observations on NHS bureaucracy
Methadone, far from being the best way to help heroin addicts, as the government claims, is just ano
Love Works Like This: travels through a pregnant year
Lauren Slater <em>Bloomsbury, 175pp, £9.99</
David Millward decided that socialised medicine was best after his American mother-in-law crashed her car.
The midwife interrupted my contraction with "Are you Cherie Blair's sister?"
Whether we are doctors or single parents, we are all victims of petty bureaucrats
Sweaty palms, dizziness, shallow breath: don't panic, you've just got moneyphobia
Placebo: the belief effect
Dylan Evans <em>HarperCollins, 224pp, £16.99</em>
As I recover in hospital, I am told that my pain is punishment from the Lord
I am struck down by a plague of boils, but saved by a free health service
Scientists as well as cult leaders ignore the moral questions behind cloning
Perhaps if we hated sugar less vehemently, we wouldn't eat so much of it
Chuck out the crisps and chocolate, and the kids behave better
Reckless driving causes more deaths than any other sort of street crime. But road safety is boring
The ship sinks, the oil spills, the bandwagon rolls. The environmental lobbyists, sniffing a surge of donations, fall over themselves to predict ecological disaster. Fishermen, sniffing compensation, gaze stonily out to sea, lamenting that all is lost.
<em>Food</em> - Supermarkets are bad news for small shops, farmers and our diet. But they're so conv
<em>Food</em> - Salmon used to be a delicacy. Now it is widely available, cheap and riddled with dis
There has always been a scathing answer to those who appear over-concerned about food and the condition in which it arrives on their plates: "Lucky you, to have such abundance and choice. Save your worries for the 800 million people in the world who are threatened with hunger."
You see men in the clear light of day when the pregnancy hormones cut in