‘ G iving frees us from the familiar territory of our own needs by opening our mind to the unexplained worlds occupied by the needs of others.” — Barbara Bush
Diphtheria was once a common and greatly feared illness in the United States. In the 1920s, there were 100,000 to 200,000 outbreaks each year; the annual fatality rate was 13,000 to 15,000 people; a large majority of these deaths were among children. Diphtheria causes the neck of an individual to swell and block air passages, and thus it was sometimes referred to as the “bull neck” disease.
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