The "Rodney Dangerfield" of diseases

Pneumonia gets no respect:

Dr. Levine leads a worldwide effort to raise money for more pneumonia vaccines. He is seeking a tiny fraction of the amount spent on AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, but it is still proving a struggle.

Part of the problem, he argues, is that pneumonia specialists “have a collective inferiority complex because our disease is so hard to diagnose.”


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