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From the February 11, 2013 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel

Only one influence [ Question of the week , January 14, 2013, “How have you prayed when confronted with either news of, or an experience with, contagion or seasonal illness?”] I first began to think of flu and colds differently when I read that many years ago flu was considered to be caused by the “influence” of the stars. It is only in the last century or so that flu or influenza was considered to be caused by the “ influence” of microbes.