Underreported: The Psychology of Disease Panic

Thursday, April 30, 2009

The emergence of Swine Flu has set off a pandemic panic, but why? Dr. Robert Klitzman is Director of the Ethics and Policy at the HIV Center at Columbia University and researches why our culture overreacts to some diseases like Swine Flu but under-reacts to other threats. His latest book is When Doctors Become Patients.


Dr. Robert Klitzman

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Amy from Manhattan

Would Dr. Klitzman consider the tendency of people to stop taking antibiotics once they feel better instead of taking the entire course to be an example of not being worried enough? We seem to do things based on the short term effects we see & feel, but in this case it leads to resistant bacterial strains.

Apr. 30 2009 01:58 PM

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