Seminar 9 of 13: The War on Rats: (Mis)representing the Bubonic Plague
This is a FREE seminar hosted at The Health Museum (1515 Hermann Drive), part of a collaborative lecture series by UTHealth School of Public Health and Rice University.
You must register for each of the seminars separately, there are 13 in this series. Attendance to all is NOT required.
Continuing Education (CME, CNE, CEUs) available.
Seminar 9 of 13 on 10/31/17: The War on Rats: (Mis)representing the Bubonic Plague
Literature, ranging from medieval religious texts to Daniel Defoe's Journal of the Plague Year and Albert Camus's The Plague, has long explored the ethical questions provoked by the Bubonic Plague. A local outbreak that struck Galveston, TX in June of 1920 illustrates the ways that fiction and historical texts influence public perception and medical intervention in this deadly disease. Because the plague swept so spectacularly through Europe in the 14th century and London in the 18th century, it seemed too remote to be a possible diagnosis. Once Galveston doctors discovered what it was, however, they engaged in preferential treatment practices. Though Galveston's “War on Rats” quickly contained the outbreak, this case illustrates the ways in which fear, biases, and misconceptions influence medicine and care.
Medical humanities scholars, physicians, nurses, social workers, public health/health science students and other professionals in public health related disciplines, as well those interested from the general public.
At the end of this session, attendees will be able to (1) know the history of the 1920 Galveston plague and (2) understand how representations of the plagues affect patient care and health protocols.
Presenting for this session is: Melissa Bailar, PhD, Professor in the Practice of Humanities and the Associate Director of the Humanities Research Center at Rice University
Welcome to Season Two: Poisons, Plagues, Potions and Portrayals
from 08/29/17 - 11/29/17 on Tuesdays at The Health Museum
The History and Culture of Disease and Healing seminar series identifies the overlap between disciplines in health and humanities, and applies lessons in humanities to public health practice in a global and cross cultural context.
“There is increasing emphasis on bringing more of the humanities into the education of health professionals, in a way that is appealing to all the health disciplines. This course seeks to do just that,” says George Delclos, MD, MPH, PhD, professor at the UTHealth School of Public Health and one of the course instructors.
There are 13 seminars in this series. Each unique seminar has been chosen for its relevance to the contributions of the humanities to contemporary understanding or approaches to disease and healing as we conceptualize from cultural/artistic/literary depictions and historical lessons the relationship between human behaviors and disease and healing.
This is also a humanities course offered to professionals and students in the fields of medicine and health. Seminar attendance will include registered students from Rice University and the UTHealth School of Public Health. The unique collaborative format of this seminar demonstrates shared values between institutions of higher learning and the professional/academic training offered to specialties.
Continuing Education credits can be provided for contact hours and certificates of attendance at no cost for attending individual or multiple seminars.
Online registration, full 90 minute seminar attendance, and completion of post-seminar electronic evaluations are required for attaining contact hours and certificates.
Individual seminar attendance allowed—you are NOT required to attend the entire series.
Your Best Reponse to a Changing World!
The Southwest Center for Occupational and Environmental Health (SWCOEH) supports research, education and outreach in occupational and environmental health. The SWCOEH is housed within the Department of Epidemiology, Human Genetics and Environmental Sciences of the UTHealth School of Public Health and is under the leadership of Elaine Symanski, PhD who serves as Director.
The SWCOEH was established in 1977 as a NIOSH-funded Education and Research Center (ERC), now one of 18 ERCs in the nation. In 1985, the SWCOEH became a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Occupational Health.
The mission of the SWCOEH Continuing Education (CE) Program is to serve as a training resource for professionals and decision-makers in the occupational and environmental health fields by delivering specialized courses in response to current training needs. Our ultimate goal is to improve occupational and environmental health. Our core subject areas are occupational medicine, industrial hygiene, occupational safety, hazardous substances and materials and occupational health nursing. Contact us to discuss your training needs!
Southwest Center for Occupational and Environmental Health
Continuing Education (CE) & Outreach Program