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Epidemics in Western Society Since 1600 - Audio

by Frank Snowden

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This course consists of an international analysis of the impact of epidemic diseases on western society and culture from the bubonic plague to HIV/AIDS and the recent experience of SARS and swine flu. Leading themes include: infectious disease and its impact on society; the development of public health measures; the role of medical ethics; the genre of plague literature; the social reactions of mass hysteria and violence; the rise of the germ theory of disease; the development of tropical medicine; a comparison of the social, cultural, and historical impact of major infectious diseases; and the issue of emerging and re-emerging diseases.

Customer Reviews

Best listened to at double speed.

The professor has some eye opening revelations by placing epidemics in a historical perspective in the context of both the development of modern medicine, as well as the impact on society and politics. Well worthwhile.
He speaks slow enough that one can listen at 2x speed and absorb.

Thorough and interesting. Enjoyed listening.

Although it sound more scripted than most lecture classes, it lends itself well to podcasting.

epidemics in western society

Have really enjoyed the podcasts. The audio is super and the pace is just right. Very well done.