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Crimes against humanity

Thorax continues the theme of focussing on the world's major killers. Following issues on Tobacco and tuberculosis (TB), we present a themed issue on Pneumonia to coincide with World Pneumonia Day (12th November). There are commonalities about all three killers—they are brilliantly successful, global, cause millions of early deaths a year and most could be stopped in their tracks were it not for the cupidity, inertia and obstruction of their human accomplices. How many children's lives could be saved by simple basic measures like vaccination and antibiotics? Read the expert reviews focussing on the developing world (see page 1052) and Europe (see page 1057), as well as challenging papers from all round the globe. One could speculate what could be achieved in reducing pneumonia deaths if a tenth of the effort the human race puts into killing itself was channelled in that direction.

Hold the presses: Canute turns back the tide?

Deficiency of that Batman amongst vitamins, namely vitamin D, has been touted as causing everything from severe asthma to the recent financial crisis, and the nay-sayers appear powerless against this tsunami of manuscripts. Whatever the effects of vitamin D supplementation …

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