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Medical history conference set for March 24 at MSU

February 17, 2014 -- MSU News Service

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BOZEMAN – Emerging diseases and emerging medicine will be the focus of the 14th annual Medical History of the West Conference to be held Monday, March 24, at Montana State University.

The free, public conference will run from 1 to 5:30 p.m. at the Procrastinator Theater in MSU’s Strand Union Building.

Among the speakers will be David Quammen, New York Times best-selling author and journalist, who will discuss “Emerging Diseases Today.” MSU historian Billy Smith will talk about “The Ship of Death: The First Yellow Fever Pandemic,” the topic of his ninth book which was recently published by Yale University Press. Other speakers will discuss typhoid in Montana, the challenges facing Level Four Laboratories, and new diseases in a new state.

The conference schedule is:

1 p.m. – Introduction and welcome by Martin Teintze, director of the WWAMI Medical Education Program

1:15 p.m. – “Emerging Diseases Today,” by David Quammen

2:15 p.m. – Break

2:30 p.m. – “The Ship of Death: The First Yellow Fever Pandemic” by Billy Smith

3:10 p.m. – “Outlaws and Enemies: Typhoid and the Emergence of Public Health in Montana,” by Spencer Shropshire Jr., University of Texas, Southwestern

3:50 p.m. – Break

4 p.m. – “Level Four Laboratories and Emerging Diseases: the ultimate challenges today and the ultimate responses available,” by Heinz Feldmann, Laboratory of Virology, Rocky Mountain Laboratory

4:40 p.m. – “Disease and Doctoring in Montana at the Dawn of Modern Medicine,” by Todd Savitt, Brody School of Medicine, East Carolina University

5:20 p.m. – Closing remarks

5:30 p.m. – Conference adjourns

The conference is sponsored by the Volney Steele Endowment for the Study of Medical History, the WWAMI Medical Education Program at MSU and MSU’s Department of History and Philosophy. 

Evelyn Boswell, (406) 994-5135 or