The War on Rats: (Mis)representing the Bubonic Plague

The War on Rats: (Mis)representing the Bubonic Plague

UT Health


Past Event

Location Info:

The Health Museum
1515 Hermann
Houston, TX  77002
Join Dr. Melissa Bailar, PhD. and Rice University Professor, for an evening of discussion on “The War on Rats: (Mis)representing the Bubonic Plague” at The Health Museum. Dr. Bailar will discuss various literary works that have influenced public perception and medical intervention in regards to the Bubonic Plague, a local outbreak that struck Galveston, Texas and Europe in the 14th and 18th centuries. It was not until the Bubonic Plague hit Galveston in June of 1920, that doctors deemed the plague as a diagnosis and engaged it in special treatment practices. Part of the conversation will include a close look at literature like medieval religious texts to Daniel Defoe’s Journal of the Plague Year, and Albert Camus’s “The Plague,” all of which explore the ethical questions provoked by the Bubonic Plague. During this seminar, attendees will learn how literature, biases, and misconceptions influence medicine and care, know the history of the 1920 Galveston Plague, and most importantly, understand how representations of the plague affect patient care and protocols. The War on Rats: (Mis)representing the Bubonic Plague will take place at The Health Museum, 1515 Hermann Dr. Houston, TX, 77004 on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 from 5:30 p.m.- 7:00 p.m. Attendees can earn Continuing Medical Education (CME), Continuing Nursing Education (CNE), and Continuing Education (CEU) credits. UT Students register here: . For additional questions about upcoming UT Health Seminars call (713) 521-1515 or visit

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