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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

Fantastic and fascinating cultural history of disease

I really enjoyed Snowden's lectures on infectious diseases. Snowden follows the medical practitioners, public health discourses and cultural product ion around high impact diseases like the plague, small pox and TB. If you are interested in how diseases have effected society, public health policy, art and culture this is the course for you.

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...

So interesting !

Be prepared to understand disease in an amazing new way