Public Health in Fiction – Star Trek and Vaccination

Representations of public health in fiction often reflect wider cultural attitudes. This seems like a perfect excuse to watch an episode of Star Trek at lunch time. In this episode of Star Trek: Deep Space 9, Doctor Bashir discovers a planet which has been infected by a deadly disease. Can he develop a cure? Or at best, a way to contain the pandemic?

First released in 1996, it raises questions about cultural attitudes. Can this show teach us anything about how the West understands the concept of vaccination? Moreover, are there limits to what medicine can achieve? And are local populations always open to outside “help”?

Tuesday, 16th June 2015, 12.45 pm – 2.00pm. Venue: Manson Lecture Theatre, Keppel Street Building