vet0021 - Preventive Veterinary Medicine VM544 Lecture 1...

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Preventive Veterinary Medicine VM544 Lecture 1 Introduction  Part II
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Preventive Medicine Preventive not “preventative” medicine and  there are no “preventative drugs” to give to  animals so they won’t get sick. What is “preventive medicine”? -Objective of clinical medicine = “cure the  sick” -Objective of preventive medicine “solve the  problem” - The River Story
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Preventive Medicine The veterinarian’s role in human health is in  preventive medicine for people . We prevent animal diseases from affecting  people. We prevent diseases associated with animal  usage from affecting people. The emphasis on preventive medicine is seen  in all the units of this course.  Perhaps the only string the connects the different  units.
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The Role of Infectious Disease and Preventive Medicine in our Society The impact was Major!
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Historical View of Preventive Medicine Rats, Lice and History by Hans Zinsser Three main points: 1. The history of mankind has been dominated by epidemic disease - not great armies. 2. Preventive medicine has freed us from the devastation of epidemic disease. 3. Veterinarians should be proud of our historic contributions in preventive medicine and should expand our involvement on the human preventive medicine team.
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History of Epidemic Disease “Swords and lances, arrows, machine  guns, and even high explosives have  had far less power over the fates of the  nations than the typhus louse, the  plague flea, and the yellow fever  mosquito.” Zinsser, p 9-10
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History of Epidemic Disease   “Civilizations have retreated from the  plasmodium of malaria, and armies have  crumbled into rabbles under the onslaught of  cholera spirilla, or of dysentery and typhoid  bacilli.  Huge areas have been devastated by  the trypanosome that travels on the wings of  the tsetse fly, and generations have been  harassed by the syphilis of a courtier.” Zinsser, p 9-10
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History of Epidemic Disease  “War and conquest and that herd  existence which is an accompaniment  of what we call civilization have merely  set the stage for these more powerful  agents of human tragedy." Zinsser, p 9-10
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Great Plaques of History Black Death “The Black Death…about one quarter  of the entire population of Europe was  destroyed by the disease - that is  25,000,000 people. It carried in its  wake moral, religious, and political  disintegration”  The “fabric” of society  unraveled.   Zinsser, p. 88-98
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Great Plaques of History English Sweating Sickness “In some towns, from a third to half of the  population was wiped out. It is stated that  in some places 80-90% of the population  died.” “…the most severe outbreak was that of  1529. This started in May in London and 
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