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Unseen Enemies
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Introduction
Introduction
01:43
Early Man
Early Man
08:40
Plague
Plague
12:53
Malaria
Malaria
13:21
Yellow Fever
Yellow Fever
16:22
Tuberculosis
Tuberculosis
10:15
Leprosy
Leprosy
04:55
Influenza
Influenza
07:32
Smallpox
Smallpox
09:13
HIV/AIDS
HIV/AIDS
22:24

Beginning with mankind's earliest recorded history, infectious disease has taken the lives of more humans than all wars, famines and natural disasters combined--not by a narrow margin but by an overwhelming landslide. Before the birth of modern science, losses to these unseen enemies were routinely blamed on the collective sins of man and the wrath of angry gods. Over the course of centuries, man's ongoing inability to comprehend the microbial world profoundly influenced the development of world religions, societies and medicine, while frequently altering the outcome of human conflict and war.

Unseen Enemies examines the top eleven infectious disease killers in human history, as well as the men and women whose dedication and sacrifice helped to expose answers and cures for each of these runaway conditions. By looking back upon medical history, today's students of science and medicine might better understand how their own careers may one day profoundly impact the course of human history and scientific achievement.

Running Time
132 mins
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Comments (2)

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Bruce

This film really goes out of its way to cast all religion as stupid and backward for blaming disease on sin. There was ubiquitous superstition about these things in the past and religion did not have a monopoly. Christian scripture did NOT say that disease was due to sin, in fact just the ...Read more

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Tom

After selling my surgical device company to Medtronic, I made Unseen Enemies as a give back to my love of education, science and medicine. My intent was not only to highlight the top eleven most lethal infectious diseases in recorded human history, but to bio the men and women of science and ...Read more