Keeping Perspective

November 13, 2009 at 2:17 pm (By Randy)

Swine Flu Mortality

(Source:  Michael Paukner)

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  1. Ruth Anne said,

    Wow! It’s worse than leprosy. I didn’t realize leprosy was at pandemic proportions. That was helpful and excellent in its perspective-lending.

  2. amba12 said,

    So you have about as much chance of dying from swine flu as from leprosy.

    What flashes through my mind for some reason is the “sensory” and “motor homunculi” — those distorted pictures of the human body based on how much brain territory each body part uses. Lips and thumb are huge. I’m thinking of a “scare homunculus” where the representation of a particular phenomenon in the media (the collective brain?) is grotesquely disproportionate to its actual dimensions.

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