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About patlowder

I'm a chemist, patent attorney, husband of one wife, dad of two sons, and I am (a progressive, whatever that label implies) Christian. I have had a rich, varied life and I give thanks for it. Just to be clear, this blog reflects personal views and is not intended as an advertisement for legal services, or should be considered a "law blog." You should not take anything I say to be a legal opinion on any topic and you don't create an attorney-client relationship by reading it. That requires an executed written contract.

Pertussis – 1: The Creepy Beauty of Mucus

As a chemist, mucus is fascinating stuff.  It turns out that mucus is quite difficult to chemically characterize.  Mucus is a “non-Newtonian” fluid.  It does not act like a “predictable” fluid, water, for example.  When you pour a bucket of … Continue reading

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Before I jump into some planned topics, I thought it was important to tell you about me to the extent it helps you understand my thinking and conclusions: After being raised in a small North Carolina town by two damned … Continue reading

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Typos, Peer Review, and Cold Fusion

That is a strange title for a vaccines blog.  But it’s timely.  I published the entry Smallpox 2: Serendipity without an unbiased reviewer having proofed it.  And that’s where the problem lay.  I substituted “utter” for “udder.”  Oops.  Thanks to … Continue reading

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Smallpox – 2: Serendipity

So, continuing.  Smallpox was around for a long time, until about 1979, when the World Health Organization declared the disease completely eradicated.  Who can you thank for this? Edward Jenner. The above Wikipedia link is extensive, so here’s what he … Continue reading

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The Measles Went Down To Georgia

Yesterday, I promised a continuation of my smallpox post.   That will be in a day or so.  Thanks for your patience.  By the way, thank you to everyone for visiting this blog.  My first day garnered >130 visitors, and I … Continue reading

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A friend of mine, when I proposed starting this blog, thought I should focus on how dangerous some diseases are.  That was a good suggestion and it coincides with where I wanted to start. So here is where the world … Continue reading

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Well this is fun

Hello out there again.  It’s my second blog post today.  I’ve had 40 visitors to the site in 2 hours, so something worked.    How exciting.  Thanks. I discovered to my chagrin that the Facebook link to WordPress blog has … Continue reading

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First Post

Hello, I’m Patrick Lowder, and I want to blog about vaccines in as simply as I can.  I hope you enjoy it, learn from it, and if you feel the need, contribute to it. It is said that the two certain … Continue reading

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