Volume 11 - Issue 5 - May 2003

W hile most of us can only imagine the daily uncertainties and hardships associated with the worldwide severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) outbreak, our Clinical Editor Neil Shear, M.D., who’s based in Toronto and practices in a hospital-based clinic, was living with these stresses on a daily basis at the height of the SARS epidemic in late April. Dr. Shear’s practice was dramatically affected by the SARS outbreak. Each day, he donned goggles, a mask, gloves and a gown to see just a fraction of the amount of patients he used to see on a daily basis. The day in late April when I spoke