What we can learn from the history of epidemics

Professor Howard Phillips is a well-respected emeritus faculty at the University of Cape Town. History of epidemics/pandemics is one of the areas in which he has worked extensively. His book 'Plague, Pox And Pandemics : A Jacana Pocket History of Epidemics in South Africa' traces the history of South Africa and its battle with five epidemics, namely: Smallpox, Spanish flu, Bubonic plague, Polio and HIV-AIDS. In this interview, when the world is in the middle of yet another pandemic, professor Phillips tells us what we can learn from history.

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