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2004-11-29 12:00:20

HEALTH experts yesterday condemned the "pitiful" levels of funding for research into lung disease, one of the UK's biggest killers. The British Thoracic Society (BTS) said nearly one in four deaths could be attributed to diseases of the lung, including lung cancer, emphysema, bronchitis and asthma. However, it said only 2.8%, around (pounds) 11m, of the Medical Research Council's total ex-penditure of (pounds) 417.8m in 2001-02 was allocated for lung research. The BTS pointed out...


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out-herod
  • In the phrase to out-herod Herod, to be more violent than Herod (as represented in the old mystery plays); hence, to exceed in any excess of evil.
Herod refers to 'Herod the Great,' a Roman client king and 'a madman who murdered his own family and a great many rabbis.' According to the OED, the term is 'chiefly with allusion to Shakespeare's use' in Hamlet.
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