Plagued: The Origins of Disease
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Plagued
Conceived, written and narrated by award-winning broadcaster Dr Norman Swan, this four-part series investigates the relationship between history, destiny and disease. Every era has its new diseases. AIDS is not the first and it won't be the last. Our history and our destiny are shaped by our diseases. Filmed in…
Plagued: Epidemics
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Epidemics: Filmed in the UK, Australia and the USA, Prague and Italy, this episode takes up the theme that ,ironically, epidemics are the results of so-called progress and that despite medical technology, we are still vulnerable to old and new diseases that can change the course of history. In 1980…
Plagued: Invisible Armies
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Invisible Armies: Filmed in the UK, Australia, Iceland, Hawaii and the USA, this episode looks at the interaction between our immune system and history. It draws the map of the world according to disease history and helps explain why Africa is still black. Jamaica has become black and Australia and…
Plagued: Will We Ever Learn
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Filmed in the USA, Italy, Australia and the UK, this episode draws together the themes and ideas from the whole series to show that, tragically, we do not learn from history so that old diseases re-emerge while new diseases arise. In New York today, 250 babies are born each year…
The Dynamic World of Infectious Disease
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The outbreak of Ebola in 2014 in West Africa became an international crisis in a matter of weeks--even traveling across the ocean to the United States. Explore deadly emerging and reemerging diseases that continually challenge our detection and response abilities.
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