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Defining the Words in SARS

05/05/2003

Question:

Re: SARS

Are the words "severe" and "acute" redundant, or is there a real difference? If so, what is the difference in context of the disease?

Answer:

This is really an english definition question best looked up in a dictionary. Oddly enough while reading your query, I am also scanning the New York Times where there is an excellent answer to your exact question by William Safire in The Sunday Magazine for May 4, 2003 page 20. 

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Response by:

Mitchell C Rashkin, MD Mitchell C Rashkin, MD
Professor of Medicine
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati