An eternal battle
I have always been fascinated by the history of medicine and disease. I minored in medical history in college and have probably read dozens of books on the subject.
If you’re interested but don’t have that kind of time to invest, I just ran across a couple of short (very short!) videos on YouTube that I found to be remarkably good overviews of a complex topic.
The first is from Crash Course World History:
If only my history teachers in high school had been so entertaining!
I especially loved his statement: “You can’t have bacon without swine flu. So you know, it’s all com si, com sa. That’s going to be an hilarious joke when we all die of swine flu. Just kidding…we’re all going to die of bird flu.”
Black humor, I know 😉
The second video is actually the first of a three-part series (about 2 minutes each) from NPR.
The animations are pretty darn cute. Love the angry, evil virus!
Enjoy the show!
If you’re interested in more in-depth material on the history of disease and how germs have influenced human culture, here are a few of my favorite books.