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Old 11 January 2015, 04:19 AM
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Neener, Neener One of Science’s Most Famous Quotes Is False

I recently began a Daily Comment about the growing threat of viral epidemics with one of modern medicine’s more famous quotes. “In 1967, William H. Stewart, the Surgeon General, travelled to the White House to deliver one of the most encouraging messages ever spoken by an American public-health official,’’ I wrote. Then I continued with the quote, “ ‘It’s time to close the books on infectious diseases, declare the war against pestilence won, and shift national resources to such chronic problems as cancer and heart disease,’ Stewart said.”

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Old 11 January 2015, 04:45 AM
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This is a famous quote?

Funny, I've never heard it before. I was expecting them to be talking about something Einstein never actually said or Pierre-Simon Laplace's Je n'avais pas besoin de cette hypothèse-là (I had no need of that hypothesis- in response to Napoleon allegedly asking him why he didn't include God in his works).
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Old 11 January 2015, 06:26 PM
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See previous mention of this quote here at

http://message.snopes.com/showthread.php?t=40601

See also paper on this topic published by erstwhile message board contributor Bonnie Taylor-Blake:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3707092/
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