LEVERHULME LECTURES 2014 addressing students in the history of medicine.
‘An Unnatural History: The Re-Emergence of Infectious Disease in the 20th Century’
Presented by Professor Christoph Gradmann, University of Oslo Leverhulme Visiting Professor at Wellcome Unit for the history of Medicine, Oxford
These lectures will be hosted at TORCH - The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities Radcliffe Humanities Seminar Room Radcliffe Observatory Quarter, Woodstock Road, Oxford
Thursday 27 February 17:00 Eradication or Equilibrium?: Epidemiology, Bacteriology and the Crisis of Medicine Between the Wars The lecture takes its departure from critiques of classical bacteriology put forward in the years following World War One. Developments in epidemiology, immunology and other fields that they were stemming from, however, do not indicate that those who studied infectious disease participated intensively in contemporary debates about a crisis of medicine. Instead participants mostly sought to expand and refine pre/war science rather than to replace it. There was a sense of crisis in the field but it was a crisis of a different sort: Therapeutic interventions that pre-war bacteriology had promised failed to materialise to a noticeable extent. This will be approached through the examples of vaccines and serum therapies and by discussing the notorious absence of novel drug therapies of common infectious diseases in those years.
Hilary Term 8th Week Wednesday 12 March 16:00 Infectious Disease and the Therapeutic Revolution 1930-1970
Trinity Term 3rd Week Thursday 15 May 17:00 Stalking Microbes: Antibiotic Resistance, Nosocomial Infections and the Demise of the Modern Hospital 1950-1990
Trinity Term 6th Week Thursday 5 June 17:00 The Return of Natural History: Re-Emerging Infections, the End of Antibiotics and New Public Health
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