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History = Destiny

Some time in the early 1970s Nature magazine had an article about people whose names matched their occupations. There was a famous neurology textbook “Diseases of the Nervous System” written by Lord Brain. There was a published article on birth control written by Maria Concepcion …

A few days ago I dealt by email with a health plan administrator whose surname was Nurse. And, on the front page of today’s New York Times, there’s a article about the promising fact that H.I.V. risk is halved by circumcision. From a few paragraphs down into the article:

‘Circumcision is “not a magic bullet, but a potentially important intervention,” said Dr. Kevin M. De Cock, director of H.I.V./Aids for the World Health Organization.’

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