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Cholera cure or basketball: What's the best way to spend $2 billion?
Cholera cure or basketball: What's the best way to spend $2 billion?

Kevin Outterson of Boston University's School of Public Health raises the question, a little mischievously, of whether Steve Ballmer's $2 billion is really being put to the greatest possible social use. He highlights the following quote from a recent article in the New England Journal of Medicine about the desperate need for cholera treatment in the Third World. (The emphasis is Outterson's):  "Cholera is a disease of poverty, linked to poor sanitation and a lack of potable water. Establishment of an adequate sanitation and potable-water system is the most definitive way to prevent and limit its spread. However, the cost of instituting adequate sanitation...

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