Softer Care for Harder Cases, of Ebola and Everything Else

October 17, 2014 2:03 AM

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The evolving Ebola outbreak is very disconcerting, to say the least. The situation in West Africa is, obviously, truly dire -- with projections of the toll escalating from terrible to calamitous day by day. A dreadful, transmissible disease in a part of the world where access to clean water can be elusive is a very bad and volatile mix.

But the situation in countries putatively far more capable of confronting this kind of problem effectively has provided little comfort to date. Transmission in Spain apparently owed something to the ravaging of public health resources in an austerity economy. Here in the U.S., we are navigating thro...

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