Tuberculosis has had many names throughout human history: Phthisis, Robber of youth, the white plague, consumption. It wasn’t until 1865 that Jean Antonine Villemin proved it was an infectious disease and 1882 that Robert Koch identified the causative agent: Mycobacterium tuberculosis (he called it Tubercle bacillus). Via the first ever Pathology Report from Melbourne Hospital (now Royal Melbourne Hospital), we explore this infectious disease that continues to have a devastating impact to this day.See for privacy information.
Sugar is as addictive as nicotine and as toxic as … well, sugar. Diabetes mellitus is the fastest growing chronic disease and the not-so-silent potentially ignorable epidemic sweeping our nation. This is a disease known about since antiquity and often fatal to those afflicted in history. With the discovery of insulin in 1922 and exponential growth in our understanding, we now have the resources to manage and even potentially prevent this disease; but will we choose to do so? The Episode has a special guest collaboration with Dr James Meucke AM “AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR”. Wiki: LinkedIn and bio: This Episode includes an interview with Dr Devika Thomas Bio: and is eligible for 1 RACGP CPD point – self reporting.See for privacy information.
In 1958, via the world’s first epidemiological study, Dr Denis Burkitt mapped the incidence of large jaw tumours in young African Children and theorised that the cause was due to a virus. However, he was later to discover that this same virus was responsible for Infectious Mononucleosis (IM) in Western Populations. How could one virus cause such different diseases? The answer was because he was studying the world’s most perfect parasite. This podcast is an interview with Associate Professor David Ellis, MBBS, FRCPA and is eligible for 1 RACGP CPD point – self reporting. See for privacy information.
Chromosomal abnormalities are often incompatible with life. However, there are a few exceptions to this rule and history has shown us that certain paired chromosomes can include a third. These conditions are known today as Down syndrome (Trisomy 21), Edwards’ syndrome (Trisomy 18) and Patau syndrome (Trisomy 13). These syndromes are routinely screen for in pregnancy with NIPT (Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing). This podcast includes an interview discussing the application of NIPT with Professor Graeme Suthers and the path ahead for foetal screening and this section of the podcast is eligible for 1 RACGP CPD point – self reporting. Professor Graeme SuthersBSc (Med), MBBS, PhD, FRACP, FRCPA, This Pathological Life is produced by Clinpath Pathology in South Australia.See for privacy information.
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