From plagues in ancient times to the current Coronavirus pandemic, communicable diseases have been a recurring danger for humankind. From mask-wearing to the creation of quarantine systems, vaccines, educational campaigns, improvements in water and sewerage systems, and adaptations in hospital and medical practices and hygiene regulations, the social impact of pandemics has been immense.
This lunchtime talk for Friends of the HCV will reveal some of the material in the State Library of Victoria collections that depict the way infectious diseases such as typhoid, polio, influenza, measles, and tuberculosis have impacted upon the people of Victoria.
Presenter: Tim Hogan, a Principal Librarian, Victorian and Australian collections, State Library of Victoria. Tim is the State Library's representative on the HCV Board.