• A new past for a pandemic future: evolutionary and cultural histories of infectious diseases

  • Op Tuesday 16 March 2021, Professor Monica Green will present a free webinar on recent developments in epidemiological history, that sounds fascinating to me.
    “This talk will summarise recent developments from a new approach to epidemiological history that combines these two very different kinds of evidence. The history of plague, leprosy, tuberculosis, and smallpox all reveal new dynamics and turning points. They show that pandemics—hemispherically or globally distributed diseases, whether bacterial or viral—share a common feature: dissemination due to human behaviour. Since genetics is now capable of investigating diseases past, present, and yet to come, it is now time to re-think how we conceive of pandemics.”