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Paul Epstein: Broad minds save lives

November 17, 2011

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Dr. Paul Epstein reached important insights by looking outside the conventional boundaries of the medical field - most notably by connecting the resurgence of infectious diseases with the threat of climate change. Epstein, who died Sunday at 67, was the longtime associate director of Harvard Medical School’s Center for Health and the Global Environment. A student of the idea that all systems are connected, Epstein said his “epiphany’’ came in 1991 when a cholera outbreak in Peru was associated with an algae bloom in El Nino-warmed waters.

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