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It’s All Hurricane Katrina’s Fault

by Michael J. McGuire Commentary:  Now I have heard everything. The death of the 4-year old boy in St. Bernard Parish is being linked to Hurricane Katrina. As related in a bunch of news articles recently, a Louisiana epidemiologist, who … Continue reading

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Chapter 1–The Chlorine Revolution: Water Disinfection and the Fight to Save Lives

By Michael J. McGuire The Journey that Launched a Revolution “revolution . . . a: sudden, radical, or complete change . . . e: a changeover in use or preference especially in technology” Merriam-Webster, “Revolution” Dr. John L. Leal, a physician turned … Continue reading

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Nascent Oxygen?–What is Really Killing Bacteria in Water?

by Michael J. McGuire Before we understood that oxidation-reduction reactions involved electron transfers, chemists theorized that oxygen existed in a “nascent state.” This state made it possible for oxidation reactions to take place. Such an outmoded chemistry concept is relevant … Continue reading

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George Warren Fuller: The Greatest Sanitary Engineer of His Time

by Michael J. McGuire George Warren Fuller was, quite simply, the greatest sanitary engineer of his time, and his time was long—lasting from 1895 to 1934.  In truth, we have not seen his like since.  How did he reach the … Continue reading

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John L. Leal—Hero of Public Health

by Michael J. McGuire Who? I’ve never heard of him. How could he be a hero of public health? He wasn’t like Jonas Salk was he? Did he invent a vaccine to cure one of the dreaded diseases that killed … Continue reading

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