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History's Worst Epidemics

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Some of the worst epidemics, widespread outbreaks of disease, have troubled mankind for millennia. In one of the earliest recorded epidemics, the Roman Empire lost almost a third of its population between 165 and 180 AD to Antonine Plague, a deadly virus contracted in the Middle East and brought back to the heart of the empire by returning soldiers. Characterized by fever, diarrhea and outbreaks of the skin, it is generally thought to have been a far-reaching outbreak of smallpox or measles.

There have been many other epidemics that have devastated populations and changed the course of history. The Black Death killed 75 million people worldwide in the 14th century, around 25 million of them in Europe alone, which was somewhere between 30% and 60% of the total population. We have triumphed over some deadly diseases—smallpox was the first deadly human disease to be completely eradicated from nature—but elsewhere, epidemics still unfortunately take thousands of lives daily.

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Selected originals (offcuts, selected scenes, out-takes, rushes) for story 'Smallpox City Queues For Vaccination' - 50/29 Material for newsreel story - extra shots. Glasgow, Scotland. LS A street in Glasgow. CU Man standing in queue for vaccination pan down to small girl by his side. CU Small boy being vaccinated. (2 shots). CU Head shot of the doctor pan down to arm being vaccinated. CU Vaccination needle being sterilised in a flame. CU Woman being vaccinated turning her head away. CU Nurse dabbing boy's arm with antiseptic. MS A doctor and nurse pan to doctor's finger pointing to spot on wall map. CU Finger running over the Gorbals area on map. CU Red Cross on nurse's pinafore pan up to nurse's face. CU Emptied carton of vaccine. CU Girl clerk handing form to person about to be vaccinated. CU Paper being rubber-stamped. MS People queueing for vaccination. CU Man in queue pan down to small boy by his side. CU Women in queue. MS Back view queue moving forward. CU Woman doctor vaccinating boy's arm. CU Head shot of doctor. (Mute.Orig.Neg.) 90,000 historic films, all SEARCHABLE on YouTube at: Join us on Facebook at: Tweet us @britishpathe FILM ID:1462.09
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A cultural and medical history of tuberculosis, and its threat to the world today. The transcript and downloadable versions of the lecture are available from the Gresham College website: Gresham College has been giving free public lectures since 1597. This tradition continues today with all of our five or so public lectures a week being made available for free download from our website.
Michigan, United States of America (USA). CU. Dr Jonas Salk, discoverer of Polio vaccine. GV. Exterior, University of Michigan. CU. Entrance. SV. Interior, people milling around. SV. Dr Salk talking to his wife. CU. Photographers. SCU. Dr Salk being taken to microphone. SCU. Movie cameras. SCU. Dr Salk, Dr Francis and Dr O'Connor. CU. Photographers. CU. Dr Francis. SV. Crowds listening. CU. Dr Salk talking (natural sound): "...The Thing to remember is... a test of the vaccine that could be made today is likely to be considerably better." SV. Press statements being handed out, & SCU. CU. Reporters on phone. CU. Girl reporter typing. GV. Reporters in press room. This is the first official report given to public. (F.G.) (Orig "E") 90,000 historic films, all SEARCHABLE on YouTube at: Join us on Facebook at: Tweet us @britishpathe FILM ID:519.06
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Animation of chronic diseases at View more NUCLEUS medical animations at If you like this animation, LIKE us on Facebook: This 3D medical animation shows the function of white blood cells in normal immunity. It also portrays how the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) affects the immune system and causes acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). Common types of antiretroviral medications used to treat HIV and AIDS are also shown.
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