Apr 20, 2010

"Hope he's only a Sunday creationist" by G. Trudeau

Cartoon by Garry Trudeau

This comic strip by Garry Trudeau was published in 2006, so you may already know it. Here, a doctor offers two antibiotic choices to a patient suffering from tuberculosis (TB). The choice appears to depend on the patient's religious beliefs. I hope the patient chose wisely -- for his own benefit and for that of all the people that could be otherwise infected by his spreading of TB microbes.

Edward Trudeau stamp
Interestingly, cartoonist Garry Trudeau is the great-grandson of Dr. Edward Trudeau, who founded the Adirondack Cottage Sanitarium for the treatment of pulmonary TB, at Saranac Lake, New York State, in 1884. It was found at the time that tuberculous patients greatly benefited from a "rest cure" that included lots of mountain fresh air, and good nutrition. The sanatorium was later renamed and reorganized as a biomedical research center. Known today as the Trudeau Institute, it is devoted to researching our immune system to find better ways of preventing and treating human diseases, including TB, influenza, tropical diseases and cancer.

Credits for images:
- Cartoon:
Author: Garry Trudeau (Doonesbury.com). Source: GoComics.
- Stamp:
United States Postal Service. Stamp designed by Howard E. Paine and created by Mark Summers, based on a photograph of Dr. Trudeau provided by the American Lung Association. Source: The Stamp Collecting Round-up. See also a press release at EurekAlert.

Hat tip:
Comunicar ciencia con humor [in Spanish] by José Pardina, Asociación Española de Comunicación Científica (AECC) [Spanish Association for Science Communication].

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