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Several decades ago, Dr. Donald A. Henderson was instrumental in working towards the eradication of the deadly virus smallpox. On November 1st, Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson named Henderson director of the new Office of Public Health Preparedness.

Dr. Venkat Mani is the chief of Infectious Disease at Southern Maryland Hospital in Clinton, Maryland. He treated postal worker Joseph Curseen before he died from inhalation anthrax. Excerpts from his conversation with Susan Dentzer follow.

Dr. Georges Benjamin is the secretary of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the current president of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials.

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