Some of the topics will include:
• the insect responsible for the Louisiana Purchase and the Panama Canal
• the typhus vaccine that saved 8,000 Poles from Nazi concentration camps
• milkmaids that cured smallpox and began the vaccine revolution
• Christopher Columbus’s true legacy: trading smallpox/measles for syphilis
• how Dr. Snow solved the cholera epidemic in London before the germ theory
• the plumber’s union that kept Chicago free from Legionnaire’s disease
• England’s experiment with biowarfare in WWII that left a Scottish island uninhabitable
… and other fascinating stories for which we have microbes to thank.
David Hines is a 1976 graduate of Lawrence University and practices Infectious Diseases (ID) in
Chicago. He started medical school in Guadalajara, Mexico, in part because of a lower than expected
GPA, but he’s really not that dumb. He finally applied himself there and did well enough on boards to
transfer into the third year class at Rush Medical College in Chicago. He deludes himself thinking that the
U.S. medical establishment finally realized their mistake of not accepting him two years earlier.
While south of the border, he diagnosed a case of leprosy which may have kindled his interest in infectious
diseases. He remained at Rush for his internal medicine residency and fellowship in ID.
With another Lawrence ’76 graduate, Nancy Gazzola, they managed to raise three pretty outstanding
children in Oak Park, Ill.
This seminar is for anyone interested in the influence of microbes on history and geopolitics.
Bibliography: The Mosquito by Timothy Winegard; The Ghost Map by Steven Berlin Johnson
The Path Between the Seas by David McCullough; Rats, Lice, and History by Hans Zinsser;
When Churchill Slaughtered Sheep and Stalin Robbed a Bank by Ciles Milton (Readings optional)