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Cuban blindness : diary of a mysterious epidemic neuropathy by Gustavo C. Román

By Gustavo C. Román

On might four, 1993, Cuba requested the overseas overall healthiness group and the realm wellbeing and fitness association (WHO) to discover the reason for a mysterious epidemic of blindness that was once spreading uncontrollably. Contradictory hypotheses faced theteam of scientists in this venture. Is the epidemic the results of a plot to topple Castro, because the Cubans think? Or publicity to radioactivity or an unidentified nerve toxin by chance published via the Russian military chickening out from Cuba? Cuban Blindness: Diary of a Mysterious Epidemic Neuropathy is a firsthand account of the epidemic of blindness and the hardships of existence in Cuba on the time of the "special interval" that the cave in of the Soviet Union and the tightening of the united states embargo. Dr. Román—who was once on the time leader of Neuroepidemiology on the US nationwide Institutes of Health—was a player during this medical venture and describes the neurological indicators skilled by means of the sufferers of this epidemic ailment, and narrates the epidemiologists’ detective paintings suffering to resolve the secret. This e-book combines neuroscience and medical discovery with political intrigue, eventually bringing the reader to the unforeseen answer supplied by way of a WWII survivor of Changi POW Camp in Singapore. Cuban Blindness: Diary of a Mysterious Epidemic Neuropathy is an outline of the neuroepidemiological examine undertaken to spot the reason for the epidemic neurological sickness that affected Cuba in 1993-1994.

*Summarizes scientific manifestations in prototypical case reports
*Analyzes attainable neurological and neuroepidemiological reasons from attainable viruses to toxins
*Discusses the wellbeing and fitness ramifications of political judgements surrounding the Cuban Embargo
*Describes the implementation of remedy and preventive measures

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1 Since October 1962, the time of the famous “thirteen days” of the Cuban Missile Crisis, the highest concentration of Russian military installations had been located on the western side of the island opposite the GTMO, the US Guantanamo Bay Naval Base. 2 The primary concern for the North Americans would be to rule out an accident involving agents of biologic or nerve warfare agents left by the retiring Soviet army. However, for Dr Frank Young, Rear Admiral of the Public Health Service in charge of the Office of Emergency Preparedness, the possibility of a true viral epidemic appeared even more ominous.

The latter had improved José Tomás Polo’ eyesight a little and prevented the condition from getting worse, but in practical terms his blindness remained unchanged. There were many rumors in the island about the nature of this strange illness. Some believed the enemy had introduced it, some that it was the result of atomic radiation waste from the Soviets, and some that it was Cuban Blindness. 00004-7 Copyright © 2016 2014 Gustavo Román. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. 1 Date: 1/15/1993 Bethesda: I received this morning in my office a telephone call from the Cuban Trade Commissioner in Canada.

Lydia began her specialty in infectious diseases and epidemiology at the Pasteur Institute. We lived in a small apartment, shared with a couple of exiled Chilean students, at No. 4 On a winter afternoon in December 1973 our son Gustavo was born at the maternity ward of the Pitié Hospital, in the heart of Paris. Neuroepidemiology, NIH 45 After two-and-a-half years in Paris, Lydia and I passed the US Foreign Medical Graduates Examination (ECFMG) and decided to come to the United States to complete our training.

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