Inevitable Epidemics: Death in the Air
Jun
29
2:00 PM14:00

Inevitable Epidemics: Death in the Air

In 1918 the Spanish influenza pandemic claimed the lives of up to 100 million people - as much as five percent of the world’s population.

Ever since, scientists have dreamed of preventing catastrophic outbreaks of infectious disease.Yet, despite a century of medical progress, viral and bacterial disasters continue to take us by surprise, inciting panic and dominating news cycles.

On the 100th anniversary of the flu’s arrival, join Mark Honigsbaum, author of The Pandemic Century: One Hundred Years of Panic, Hysteria and Hubris, and Joanna Vernan, a microbiologist with an interest in contagion literature.

Don’t miss this myth-busting discussion as we explore the limits of science against nature and ask the question: how long until the next epidemic?


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Join us for a talk by medical historian Mark Honigsbaum, at the launch of his new book The Pandemic Century.
Apr
3
5:30 PM17:30

Join us for a talk by medical historian Mark Honigsbaum, at the launch of his new book The Pandemic Century.

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Ever since the 1918 Spanish influenza pandemic, scientists have dreamed of preventing catastrophic outbreaks of infectious disease. Yet despite a century of medical progress, viral and bacterial disasters continue to take us by surprise, inciting panic and dominating news cycles. From the Spanish flu to the 1924 outbreak of pneumonic plague in Los Angeles to the 1930 ‘parrot fever’ pandemic, through the more recent SARS, Ebola, and Zika epidemics, the last one hundred years have been marked by a succession of unanticipated pandemic alarms.

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