Major Epidemics in the History of Medicine

Points to be emphasized include the world-wide effects of such epidemics (bubonic plague), the discovery of vaccination and the ability to completely eradicate a major disease (small pox), the importance of insect vector diseases, such as malaria and yellow fever, as well as the emergence into the developed world of new insect-carried diseases such as dengue fever, Zika virus disease and chikungunya, venereal disease and epidemics of modern times such as influenza and AIDS.  Most of the diseases to be covered are still prevalent, and patients suffering from these diseases will be seen and treated by the medical students during their medical career.