In the 16th episode of Climate History, co-hosts Dagomar Degroot and Emma Moesswilde interview professor Timothy Newfield, a climate historian and historical epidemiologist in the departments of history and biology at Georgetown University.
Professor Newfield explains how he ended up in two very different departments, in two very different fields, and then introduces the thriving field of historical epidemiology. He describes how historical epidemiologists can identify past diseases and trace their social consequences, then considers what history might reveal about today's COVID-19 pandemic. Finally, he reflects on the links between climate change and disease, past and present, and on the limitations of public discourse about today's biggest environmental challenges.
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