From AIDS to Zika (Man's Struggle against Microbes throughout History, Our Sometimes Successful Battles against Them and Their Influences on Civilization As We Know It)

This is a course for the lay person about Infectious Diseases. We will discuss various epidemics (Plague, Tuberculosis, Syphilis, AIDS) and their effects on civilization. Our fight against these microbes now involves vaccines and antibiotics, but a crisis today threatens us with organisms resistant to all known therapies. This seminar will also marvel at the fascinating life cycles of some parasites, review the latest frontier in medicine (the Microbiome of our colon) and finally come to an appreciation of microbes for whom we have wine, beer, bread, and yogurt to thank.

David W. Hines MD, FACP graduated from Lawrence in 1976 wishing to pursue a career in medicine.  Achieving only a B average, he decided to bypass the rigorous admission requirements of the American Medical system and enrolled in the Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara in 1977. After a brief tour in the minor leagues, he transferred to Rush Medical School in Chicago for the last two years of medical school and where he stayed for residency and fellowship. In 1987 at the age of 33 he got his first job as an Infectious Disease Consultant.  He married Nancy Gazzola, also LU '76 and they live in Oak Park Illinois. They have three children, Jenny, Giulia and Sam, none of whom are in the medical field.

Optional Readings: "Deadly Companions" by Dorothy Crawford, "Spillover" by David Quammen


Sunday, October 1, 2017 to Friday, October 6, 2017
$840 double; $1,120 single; $415 commuter
Nature & Earth Science

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