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Epidemics in Western Society Since 1600 - Video

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

So boring...

This should be a fascinating topic but I'm afraid I couldn't get past the second lecture, hence two stars instead of one; perhaps I didn't give the professor a chance. Does he really have to be so dispassionate?

So interesting !

Be prepared to understand disease in an amazing new way

Epidemics in Western Society - Yale

This is fascinating. I'm waiting for Lecture 9 (about Cholera) to load into my iPhone. Now I know (sort of) what Smallpox looks like on the skin. Faintly on my upper left arm is the scar of a long-ago smallpox innoculation - I'm so glad to have had it and avoided the smallpox. I now know the horror that this innoculation protected me from. Bubonic plague - I'd forgotten that the USA gets about ten cases of that a year, and now I know what bubonic plague does to the body. Nineteenth Century medicine: how lucky we are to live in the 21st Century, who would ever want to go back a century or more...