The SARS epidemic tested in real life the response of medical institutions and healthcare professionals to a potentially fatal illness. Reviews in Annals of Internal Medicine (2003;139:589-91) praise the health workers who followed the ethical ideal of caring for the sick despite the risks-behaviour that is claimed to distinguish health professionals from lawyers, teachers, and business people. The ethical approach was easier to follow in hospitals that used effective protective measures and also imposed strict quarantine on members of staff who were suspected to have SARS.
As people age they are less likely to be struck by a vehicle while walking, but they are more likely to die if struck (Annals of Emergency Medicine 2003;42:479-82). A collection of data on pedestrian casualties showed that more than two thirds of those killed were male; one third of deaths were in people with blood alcohol over the limit for drivers; and many