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With The Wilderness Medicine Society (click here to see their website)

"Haemorrhagic Fevers" Dr Gail Thompson
Wednesday 24th October 2001, 7:00pm, Stopford Building LT1


Gail Thompson is a registrar in infectious diseases at North Manchester General Hospital. She was recently in Uganda as part of an international team experts who worked to control the large Ebola outbreak. Ebola haemorrhagic fever is one of the most virulent viral diseases known to humankind, causing death in 50-90% of all clinically ill cases. The international response, in support of the Government of Uganda, helped to break the cycle of transmission of the virus which killed 224 people in Uganda, including health workers and the doctor who first identified the outbreak. Shortly after that she was in Kosovo with the WHO at an outbreak of Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever.

"Disaster Relief Medicine" Dr John Howarth
Wednesday 14th November 2001, 7:00pm, Stopford Building LT1


John Howarth now works as a general practitioner in Cumbria, but he will be talking to us about his extensive experience of disaster relief medicine. Formerly Programme Director for 'Medecins Sans Frontieres' and Head of Operations plus Medical Director of 'MERLIN' (Medical Emergency ReLief INternational), he has worked in numerous active war zones. His talk will illustrate the principles of wilderness medicine from a slightly different perspective than our previous speakers. Lots of dramatic slides guaranteed!

"Health Interventions for Post-trauma Victims" Dr Patrick Bracken
Tuesday 11th December 2001, 7:00pm, Stopford Building LT1



Patrick Bracken is a Senior Research Fellow and Psychiatrist in Bradford, and in this talk he will be describing new approaches to the care of post-trauma victims. He has worked in Uganda and with Victims of Torture and has extensive publications on these themes following this work. His views are greatly influenced by his work in the developing world, and may provide an interesting contrast to those familiar with the subject in this country.

"John Muir - Father of Wilderness Conservation" Colin Eastwood
Tuesday 4th December 2001, 7:00pm, Stopford Building LT1


John Muir was a Scot, born in Dunbar in 1838, who emigrated to America when he was 11 years old. He always had a great passion for nature and spent much time traveling and living rough in the American wilderness. He wrote extensively on his experiences and was very influential in the foundation of the first American National Parks and in the worldwide conservation movement. Colin Eastwood is a former Trustee of the John Muir Trust, a charitable organization which works to preserve wild places in Scotland, and he will be talking on the life of John Muir and the work of the Trust today. A collection will be made for a donation to the John Muir Trust, suggested contribution 2.

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