A public lecture will examine what we can learn from the history of dealing with respiratory disease.
The talk, “Tackling Respiratory Infections: From Bloodletting to Measles Immunisation”, will be presented by Sir Iain Chalmers, a renowned health services researcher.
It will be held on Wednesday, 6 May 2009, from 7.30 - 8.30pm in the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, 9 Queen Street.
Refreshments and an exhibition are open from 6.30pm.
Sir Iain has worked for the past 30 years to ensure that the public and health professionals are aware of the effects of medical treatments and drugs.
He helped set up the Cochrane Collaboration, an international organisation promoting research evidence, taking up the directorship in 1992.
The lecture will explore the MMR vaccine and the impact of reduced immunisation.
Sir Iain will also look at the history and treatments of respiratory diseases such as pneumonia and whooping cough.
He will ask what we can understand from past illnesses to help us treat the infections of today.
The lecture brings to light much of the medical history that Sir Iain has documented throughout his career.
It is hosted by the Centre for Population Health Sciences at the University and the Edinburgh History of Medicine Group, Sibbald Library Project, and the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh.
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Wednesday 6 May 2009, 7.30pm
Wednesday 6 May 2009, 8.30pm
Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, 9 Queen Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1JQ
For more information on the event, including any accessibility enquiries, please contact Iain Milne.