School of History

MAKING MICROBES COMPLEX

7 July 2016 - 10 July 2016

Time: 9:30am - 12:00pm
Venue: Room 126, Geography Building, QMUL

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The modern scientific notion of emerging infectious diseases rests on the notion that microbial pathogens reside in ecological niches in equilibrium states and that it is the disturbance of these harmonious natural environments that trigger epidemics. But where did this modern, bio-ecological understanding of infectious disease come from, and who were the medical researchers and scientific networks responsible for the integration of these perspectives into medical microbiology and public health?

Building on the work of J. Andrew Mendelsohn, Warwick Anderson and others, this three-day workshop and conference at Queen Mary University London will bring together historians of medicine and the allied sciences to explore the neglected contributions of medical researchers who advanced a more dynamic view of health and disease in the early and middle decades of the 20th century.

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