Secondosis: A Tale of One Treatable Disease, Left Untreated | HuffPost

Recently, 115 Democratic members of Congress wrote a compelling letter to the House leadership, calling for an end to a longstanding de facto ban on federal funding for research into a health problem they called a pressing epidemic.

I have written previously about how that lack of funding weakens our efforts to make communities healthier. But now I want to cast the problem in an allegorical framework that illustrates some of the challenges we face in dealing with a disease that could be prevented, were it not for cultural and political entanglements.

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