Unseen Enemies
The Deadliest Infectious Diseases in Human History

Unseen Enemies - The Deadliest Infectious Diseases in Human History
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Introduction
The primary objective of Unseen Enemies is to educate students of science and healthcare concerning the history of infectious disease, while profiling individual scientists, nurses and physicians whose dedication and…
Early Man
Early Man Through The Age of Exploration: This first sequence profiles diseases before the formation of cities, followed by the Age of Ignorance, when mankind blamed disease on witchcraft, black…
Plague
This sequence begins with a look at the first recorded plague outbreak, known as Justinian Plague, followed by an in-depth exploration of The Great Pestilence of 1347, which in some…
Malaria
An in-depth look at one of the deadliest diseases in human history. This sequence profiles the 19th and 20th century scientists who discovered the insect-bourne etiology of the disease, and…
Yellow Fever
The history of yellow fever, including the worst outbreaks of the 19th century. Special emphasis is given to the scientific achievements and sacrifices of the U.S. Army's Yellow Fever Commission…
Tuberculosis
Prior to the 19th century, Tuberculosis was considered the single-worst condition afflicting mankind. Explore the social stigmas, misconceptions and treatment regimens available to consumptives before the discovery of antibiotics.
Leprosy
For centuries, leprosy's disfiguring and incurable nature made it one of the most dreaded diseases in human history. Originating in the Middle East and spread by invading Roman soldiers and…
Filth Diseases
This sequence explores typhus, typhoid and cholera; three of the worst disease killers spread by human contamination, poor sanitation and inadequate human hygiene. This chapter provides an in-depth review of…
Influenza
Despite pandemic losses to influenza since the 16th century, modern medicine remains incapable of finding a cure for this recurrent killer of man. This sequence examines the behavior of influenza,…
Smallpox
This sequence explores the history and origin of smallpox, one of the deadliest unseen enemies of man. For instance in the 18th century alone, smallpox killed an estimated sixty million…
HIV/AIDS
Since its explosive arrival into the United States in the early 1980s, HIV/AIDS has puzzled modern science and created a sense of fear and powerlessness in recent generations. An example…
Future Threats
This final sequence explores the resurgence of diseases long considered vanquished, including tuberculosis, diptheria, cholera and malaria. The Future of Disease also examines new and emerging diseases, including Marburg hemorrhagic…

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Bruce

This film really goes out of its way to cast all religion as stupid and backward for blaming disease on sin. There was ubiquitous superstition about these things in the past and religion did not have a monopoly. Christian scripture did NOT say that disease was due to sin, in fact just the ...Read more

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Tom

After selling my surgical device company to Medtronic, I made Unseen Enemies as a give back to my love of education, science and medicine. My intent was not only to highlight the top eleven most lethal infectious diseases in recorded human history, but to bio the men and women of science and ...Read more

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