In this seminar we will review the origins of human pandemics that have devastated mankind from the beginning of time including Tuberculosis, Plague, Measles, Smallpox, Influenza, Malaria, Yellow Fever, Syphilis and HIV. How each has influenced history will be emphasized.
We will also learn about some fascinating Parasites, their complicated life cycles, and how they may be important for the health of our immune system and in mind control. Yes, mind control.
Excessive antibiotic use has created some horribly Resistant Bacteria for which there are no medicines to treat them. We will review some novel therapies using other bacteria and viruses to treat these pathogenic organisms.
Participants will come to realize that there are many beneficial bacteria (our Microbiome) helping us to survive in a world full of others trying to kill us. Previous knowledge of Microbiology and Immunology is not a prerequisite.
1. Spillover by David Quammen
2. The Great Influenza by John Barry
3. The Hidden Half of Nature by David Montgomery and Anne Bikle
4. This Is Your Brain on Parasites by Kathleen McAuliffe
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 ’76 and they live in Oak Park, Illinois. They have three children, Jenny, Giulia and Sam, none of whom are in the medical field.