4 Diseases More Terrifying Than Ebola

Ebola has been in the news for a while, what with all the killing, and for once it appears the media has actually underestimated the severityof the problem. It’s gotten so bad, even the usual gang of shameless opportunists is getting called out for feasting on the human tragedy.

Far be it for us to rise above a good panic. As part of ATI’s continuing series on things that should keep you up at night, here are four diseases that are way scarier than Ebola that you should be way more scared of.

Scary Diseases: Influenza

Scary Diseases Spanish Flu

Source: Wikipedia

Yes, the flu. Somewhere in our collective unconscious mind, we all kind of know that the flu is a big deal that totally kills people, but it’s hard to shake the feeling that it’s just a bad kind of cold. After all, what has the flu ever done but buy you a few extra days to study for a fifth-grade spelling test?

Scary Diseases Justin Bieber

Technically not as bad as an airborne plague.
Source: New York Daily News

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The Altered Faces Of War

World War 1 Veteran Face Mask

Given its crushing trench nature and use of large-caliber artillery, World War One saw some of the most devastating wounds suffered by soldiers in the history of warfare. Before the days of sophisticated reconstructive and plastic surgery, physicians were tasked with covering the scars, gaping holes and gashes streaked across the faces of thousands of veterans. Convening art with science in pursuit of the greater good, surgeons and sculptors worked together to create masks to conceal these devastating, identity-consuming histories from the veteran and the public, allowing veterans to lead something of a normal life following their return home.

Each mask, which was custom-designed and made of either rubber or metal, bore the face of the affected man’s pre-war portrait. And while the remaining black and white photos don’t necessarily convey the masks’ sculpting or painting accuracy, veteran thank-you letters to the mask-makers provide all the proof you need. Said one, “Thanks to you, I will have a home…The woman I love no longer finds me repulsive, as she had a right to do.”

Read more about it at the Smithsonian.

One Woman Saved The Lives Of 100,000 Displaced Persons

Following the 1988 collapse of the Somalian government, Dr. Hawa Abdi took it upon herself to provide refuge for the increasing amounts of people seeking sanctuary from the devastating amount of fighting. Through the years, her one-person clinic transformed into a 400-bed hospital, and over 90,000 lives were saved.

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