Date: Thu, 7 Aug 1997 11:40:20 -0400 From: Grant Barrett Subject: RE>Vonnegut and "culprit zero" (was: "") I think you'll find that "patient zero" is used in many attempts to track any biological contagion. Compare with "index patient," another interesting usage in that field. Grant Barrett gbarrett[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] -------------------------------------- Date: 8/7/97 11:31 AM To: Grant Barrett From: Mark Mandel To me, that term was an obvious allusion to "Patient Zero", the hypothesized (and, I think, eventually identified?) vector who first broadcast AIDS in the European and American gay communities.