POROI Seminar: Epidemiologists in East Pakistan

February 16, 2011 - 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm

106 Bowman House

In 1958, Dr. Alexander D. Langmuir, chief epidemiolgoist of the Centers for Disease Control, led a team of epidemiologists to assist the government of Pakistan in coping with smallpox and cholera epidemics. Langmuir later described the episode as a “wild and wondrous ride,” but it was more like a nightmare: the East Pakistan health department had collapsed; a popular movement had taken over vaccination and squandered vaccine supplies; hostile journalists questioned the Americans’ deeper motives; and a professional rivalry opened between the Americans and a British epidemiologist, Dr. Aidan Cockburn.

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