A modest proposal

On one occasion while Jerome and I attempted to explain the project to the community in a village in the South Fore, an elderly gentleman leaning quietly against a house interjected saying words to the effect of ‘You know, maybe kuru is not caused by sorcery after all if the white man gets it since we know they do not do sorcery’. …

In another village, a man suggested a research project to me. He proposed using actual and mock sorcery bundles to test the sorcery theory of kuru and volunteered himself to be the subject. His outline protocol was not conceptually different from a placebo controlled trial. I found his proposal to use an experimental test very impressive, but, in addition to ethical considerations, did not relish putting this before the Neurosciences Board of the MRC.

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