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Plague Through History

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Science  08 Aug 2008:
Vol. 321, Issue 5890, pp. 773-774
DOI: 10.1126/science.1161496

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  • RE: The plague, corona, and nuclear medicine
    • Andreas Otte, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Offenburg University, Germany

    Pandemics have existed since time immemorial. Even at the time of the plague, the physician wore a safety suit and carried a staff to keep his distance and be protected from the infected person and the "miasmas".
    Exactly this situation reminds us nuclear medicine specialists of our very own task in every diagnosis and therapy: radiation protection. And is not much of the prevention of increased radiation exposure strikingly similar to the rules established to prevent the spread of our present pandemic?

    Competing Interests: None declared.

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