Pandemics: Past, Present and Future

Over twenty pandemics or epidemics have plagued mankind in the course of human history. This course will review the prehistoric epidemic (circa 3000 BC), the ten plagues of Egypt, the Plague of Athens, the Black Death, the Great Plague of London, the Philadelphia Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793, The Great Influenza of 1918, Polio, AIDS, SARS, MERS and COVID. There will be a brief review of basic immunology, how and when vaccines were developed (much longer ago than you may think), and the way vaccines work. An analysis of why we were so unprepared for COVID will inform a discussion of how we can better prepare for future pandemics. We will also talk about pandemics as tools of bioterrorism. A suggested reading list will be provided, but no outside reading will be required for the course.


Group Leader: KEVIN LOUGHLIN
Venue: online
Meets on: Tuesdays 3:30 to 5:30 pm
Starting: 2/7/2023
Sessions: 7
Class Size: 24
Teaching Style: Lecture with questions
Weekly Preparation: None
Group Leader Biography:

Kevin R. Loughlin MD, MBA is a retired urologic surgeon and an emeritus professor at Harvard Medical School. After graduating from Princeton, he earned his M.D. at New York Medical College, an M.A. (Hon) at Harvard, and an M.B.A at Boston University. He is currently enrolled as a student in the Creative Writing Certificate Program at the University of Pennsylvania with anticipated graduation in 2024.