There's a long post building, but putting it into words is difficult. In the meantime, I am not sure what to make of the vanishing Malaria man.
O'Blimey has recently apologised for the US doctors experimenting on mental patients in Guatemala, years back. They deliberately infected those patients with sexually transmitted diseases to test penicillin. The controls were not treated, in line with scientific practice but far outside the bounds of ethics and general human decency.
Then there was another experiment where infected black Americans were monitored but not treated, so that the medics could watch the disease in progress. Hippocrates surely cannot believe his ghostly eyes.
All that is in the past, in the dark days before ethics committees and health and safety executives.
Yet today there is a man who has been deliberately infected with malaria as part of an experiment. Not in the past. Today. He's a nurse, so the scares of him dying without treatment aren't real. He knows what to get and where to get it. In fact, what he needs is a damn good gin and tonic. If you read this, Malaria man, they are tracking you by your bank and credit cards. Take out a large wad of cash and change direction after buying a train ticket with your cards, in the wrong direction. Then get a bus - pay cash - in another direction.
Why is he running and hiding? If his participation was voluntary, why not just go back to the experiment? What is he running from?
He is not some terrorist trying to spread the disease. Malaria doesn't spread that way. No, he's hiding and people who are hiding are people who are scared.
In this day and age, it is surely not possible to consider even the remotest idea that doctors could even think about performing disease experiments on the unsuspecting. It is unbelievable, real tin-hat territory, to even dream the merest thought of the slightest possibility that Mengele's approach to science lives on.
Have you noticed how many previously-unknown diseases are appearing in hospitals these days? Ones that could be quickly and simply eradicated, but the NHS trusts don't seem interested in solutions?
Coincidence. Of course it is. It's far more comfortable to believe that. The alternative is too horrible to contemplate.
I mean, it's not as if they regard us as farm animals, is it?