Posted on 29 June 2015
For those of you who could not make it to York on Wednesday 24th June for Dr Mark Honigsbaum's lecture on ebola and the politics of disease elimination, we are very pleased to share with you an audio recording made on the day. We would like to thank Mark not only for permitting the sharing of this recording, but also for a truly splendid lecture on the day and for the discussion afterwards.
Beginning with the smallpox eradication campaign in India in the 1970s and concluding with a survey of Ebola elimination efforts in Sierra Leone, Mark's lecture sought to recover the experiences of patients at the sharp end of these humanitarian interventions, and offered an alternative history of getting to zero and the politics it underpins.
Mark is a medical historian and journalist with a long standing interest in the history and science of infectious disease. He has authored four books, including a global history of malaria and a social history of the 1918-19 influenza pandemic. You can read online his recent piece for Mosaic on Ebola: The Road to Zero.