Hotwired for Hate
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When disease incites violence.
In history, large outbreaks of disease have often been associated with cases of violence and civil disorder. In this Wellcome Trust video, Professor Samuel Cohn explores some of the reasons why certain diseases have a tendency to generate anarchy.
Cohn identifies factors such as the 'gruesomeness' or disgusting nature of a disease as an influencing factor in the development of violence. Referring to examples from recent history, Cohn looks at outbreaks of Cholera in the US which led to mass demonstrations and tension between the public and government officials.
However Cohn's research has unearthed peculiarities to such cases, pointing specifically to an outbreak of Yellow Fever in New Orleans at the turn of the 20th century. In this instance the outbreak of disease actually brought communities closer together, despite the gruesomeness of its symptoms.
- Wellcome Trust
- Glasgow, UK
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