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Table of Contents: April 2005

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Image Credit: John Patrick McKenzie
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John Patrick McKenzie is a visual poet—a writer and artist creating striking images utilizing text as the sole formal element. His words are powerful statements from his inner world and interpretations of what is occurring in his immediate community, as well as the rich landscape of popular culture and global politics. John expresses himself on paper, plexiglass, wood, glass, found objects, and furniture using markers, colored pens, watercolors, acrylics, and cray-pas. John has created a unique lettering style of open and closed spaces. His word collages may be read in any direction, from any starting point, and multiple meanings may be found in the variety of ways the words interact. He has exhibited nationally and internationally.

PLoS Medicine asked John, who is autistic, what he thought of the state of health care and he created this piece in response. It speaks to disease caused by environmental pollution, the personal experience of illness, and the prohibitive cost of medication.

John was born in 1962 in the Philippines. He moved to the United States with his family in 1964 and currently lives in San Francisco's Mission District. Since 1989, he has been making art at Creativity Explored, a non-profit visual arts center in San Francisco, where artists with developmental disabilities create, exhibit, and sell art. Creativity Explored provides studio space, materials, and instruction for 125 artists working in a wide range of media. To learn more, visit www.creativityexplored.org

Editorial

Engaging Students in PLoS Medicine

The PLoS Medicine Editors

The PLoS Medicine Debate

Essay

Neglected Diseases

Buruli Ulcer (M. ulcerans Infection): New Insights, New Hope for Disease Control

Paul D. R Johnson, Timothy Stinear, Pamela L. C Small, Gerd Pluschke, Richard W Merritt, Francoise Portaels, Kris Huygen, John A Hayman, Kingsley Asiedu

Perspectives

Health in Action

telederm.org: Freely Available Online Consultations in Dermatology

H. Peter Soyer, Rainer Hofmann-Wellenhof, Cesare Massone, Gerald Gabler, Huiting Dong, Fezal Ozdemir, Giuseppe Argenziano

Policy Forums

The Global Threat of Counterfeit Drugs: Why Industry and Governments Must Communicate the Dangers

Robert Cockburn, Paul N Newton, E. Kyeremateng Agyarko, Dora Akunyili, Nicholas J White

Student Forum

Hearing the Voice of Medical Students Worldwide

Brian A Palmer, Amanda Wong, Mohit Singla

Learning Forum

A 75-Year-Old Woman with a Hemispheric Stroke

Stavros K Kakkos, George Geroulakos

Research Articles

Nonstationary Influence of El Niño on the Synchronous Dengue Epidemics in Thailand

Bernard Cazelles, Mario Chavez, Anthony J McMichael, Simon Hales

First-Line First? Trends in Thiazide Prescribing for Hypertensive Seniors

Steve Morgan, Kenneth L Bassett, James M Wright, Lixiang Yan

Impact of HIV-1 Subtype and Antiretroviral Therapy on Protease and Reverse Transcriptase Genotype: Results of a Global Collaboration

Rami Kantor, David A Katzenstein, Brad Efron, Ana Patricia Carvalho, Brian Wynhoven, Patricia Cane, John Clarke, Sunee Sirivichayakul, Marcelo A Soares, Joke Snoeck, Candice Pillay, Hagit Rudich, Rosangela Rodrigues, Africa Holguin, Koya Ariyoshi, Maria Belen Bouzas, Pedro Cahn, Wataru Sugiura, Vincent Soriano, Luis F Brigido, Zehava Grossman, Lynn Morris, Anne-Mieke Vandamme, Amilcar Tanuri, Praphan Phanuphak, Jonathan N Weber, Deenan Pillay, P. Richard Harrigan, Ricardo Camacho, Jonathan M Schapiro, Robert W Shafer

Reduction of Malaria Transmission to Anopheles Mosquitoes with a Six-Dose Regimen of Co-Artemether

Colin J Sutherland, Rosalynn Ord, Sam Dunyo, Musa Jawara, Christopher J Drakeley, Neal Alexander, Rosalind Coleman, Margaret Pinder, Gijs Walraven, Geoffrey A. T Targett

Differentiation of Insulin-Producing Cells from Human Neural Progenitor Cells

Yuichi Hori, Xueying Gu, Xiaodong Xie, Seung K Kim

Correspondence