Pelerin lecture

9 May 2017

Pelerin lecture Medical History

Date | time: 9 May 2017 | 17.00 – 18.15 hrs.
Location: Flendrigzaal, level 4 azM

Prof. S.A. Danner (internist, Amsterdam): HIV/Aids in the Netherlands

In the early 1980s, the Netherlands was confronted with a whole new disease, occurring in healthy young people, with an ever-deadly run within a few years. The condition, called aids, had all the characteristics of a sexually transmitted disease. The victims in the western countries were homosexual men, drug users and people who regularly received blood (products). Within two years the causative agent was known, within four years there was a medicine, within fifteen years an effective treatment. The rapid restraint of this potentially fatal epidemic in Western countries can be seen as a triumph of Enlightenment thinking: of reductionist science, but also of integration of curative and public health care and tolerance for, and assistance to, social minority groups.

Free entrance, no registration required. This lecture will be in Dutch.

The Pelerin Lectures are organised by the Working group Medical History MUMC+.
Information and questions: pelerin-lezingen@maastrichtuniversity.nl.