Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Bugs, Plagues and Pestilence


'Bugs, Plagues and Pestilence'
John Reuther

In May 2017 we were entertained by Dr John Reuther who gave us his talk on the history of Infectious diseases and epidemics. His talk covered the rise of the great historic epidemics, where they came from and how they were controlled.

It was entertaining, funny and educational. There was no shortage of questions at the end. Despite the fact that there are plenty of infectious diseases in our time, we were perhaps all thankful that we live when we live, given the vivid descriptions of what our ancestors had to go through. His talk was purely verbal and without the aid of pictures he managed to conjure up in our minds the medical challenges faced by the human race over the centuries right up to modern times.

Perhaps we all left a little more itchy than when we arrived!