An Introduction to Infectious Diseases

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful For Teachers! I taught taught high school, then university premed. and biology courses before becoming a physician. Since retiring from medicine, I've been teaching high school and college classes as a guest. (Yes, I love teaching.) Dr. Fox is not only incredibly knowledgeable, but, also, brings each topic into vivid perspective. He highlights the impacts of infectious diseases on major historical events, and, also, individual lives, past and present. If you are a scentient being you will find this course engaging. It will be especially useful to teachers at the junior high, high-school and university levels who wish to make life sciences relevant and exciting to their students. There are great stories, here, to be shared! Chris. PhD, MD
Date published: 2020-10-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Core course Excellent up to date review of the basics of Infectious Diseases
Date published: 2020-08-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I purchased this course for my 12 year daughter. She really enjoyed this course and learned a lot. (we did have to skip a few chapters as they were not appropriate for her age) She is looking forward to more science courses from the TGC.
Date published: 2020-07-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Infections I like this course a lot because it is informative.
Date published: 2020-06-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Informative Although I'm not finished watching this, it is very informative and goes into detail. I like how the Professor presents this subject, that I have always been interested in.
Date published: 2020-06-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Info and Great Lecture! I bought the video lecture course a little bit over a month ago, and have been watching it with my family every few days. It is very informational and extremely helpful during these times. I thought the Dr. Fox explained each subject thoroughly and overall, the presentation and videos were extremely informational. Highly recommend!
Date published: 2020-05-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Timely I am about half way through the lectures and have found this course to be very timely even though it was videotaped 5 years ago. It is giving me a better understanding of the virology of the present COVID-19 pandemic, even though I am a healthcare professional..
Date published: 2020-05-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent in every way! Highly recommend! My husband (a retired professor) and I feel privileged to be able to watch this course on DVDs. It is superb in every way. Much of the information if over our heads, but much is not, and it gives us an idea of infectious diseases from someone we feel we can trust. We've been recommending it to all of our family, friends, and neighbors.
Date published: 2020-05-04
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An Introduction to Infectious Diseases
Course Trailer
The Dynamic World of Infectious Disease
1: The Dynamic World of Infectious Disease

Dive into the fascinating stories behind three notorious diseases: bubonic plague, malaria, and polio. See how scientists of the time were able to discover the causes of these diseases and develop effective treatments. Also, learn why infectious diseases are still a pressing issue for our society, despite our advances in science and technology....

32 min
Bacteria: Heroes and Villains
2: Bacteria: Heroes and Villains

Start your study of the basic elements of germ theory with bacteria. Once you've inspected the anatomy of a bacterium cell and its function, explore how bacteria can cause disease and how they can adapt to make themselves elusive to your immune system. Then, investigate three diseases caused by bacteria: diphtheria, pertussis, and tetanus....

32 min
Viruses: Hijackers of Your Body's Cells
3: Viruses: Hijackers of Your Body's Cells

Zoom in to see a particle 100 times smaller than bacteria: the virus, which can replicate inside living cells. Follow the life cycle of a virus as you see what viruses like HIV and Ebola do to host cells. Meet two germs that fall between bacteria and viruses-the spirochete and rickettsia....

33 min
Moldy Menaces and Fungal Diseases
4: Moldy Menaces and Fungal Diseases

Although fungal diseases usually don't involve humans, they can indirectly affect us, and they have played a major role in human history. Investigate diverse infections that can be acquired when you come into contact with mold or fungus-sometimes by raking or blowing rotting leaves! Also learn whether or not you should have your household duct system cleaned regularly....

31 min
Milestones in Infectious Disease History
5: Milestones in Infectious Disease History

Where would we be without the scientists that brought to life the inventions and discoveries that are the foundations of modern medicine? In this lecture, meet some of the people who developed the tools to identify microorganisms, the means to pinpoint the source of a disease, the vaccinations to prevent them, and the drugs to treat them....

33 min
Antibiotics: A Modern Miracle Lost?
6: Antibiotics: A Modern Miracle Lost?

Trace the history of antibiotic development and explore how the eight classes of antibiotics attack bacterial infections. Gain an introduction to the increasingly important concern of antibiotic resistance, and learn how you can contribute to the more prudent use of antibiotics....

33 min
Which Germs in Your Daily Life Matter?
7: Which Germs in Your Daily Life Matter?

Microbes are all around us-the question is "What do we have to worry about?" From airplanes to restaurants, hotel rooms to your master bathroom, learn how you can protect yourself from germs without becoming totally obsessed with them. Is there any truth to the Five Second Rule? Find out in this lecture....

31 min
Six Decades of Infectious Disease Challenges
8: Six Decades of Infectious Disease Challenges

Track the history of infectious diseases decade by decade: the easily cured childhood illnesses of the 50s, the diseases spread by risky behaviors in the 60s, and the outbreak of Legionnaires' Disease in the late 70s, followed by the tragedies of human immunodeficiency virus, or HIV, in the 80s and 90s....

31 min
Vaccines Save Lives
9: Vaccines Save Lives

From routine childhood vaccinations to the experimental vaccines given to Ebola patients in Africa and the United States, vaccines have a powerful effect on public health. Learn the facts about the four different types of vaccines and their components, and discover why the concept of herd immunity is critical to public health....

32 min
The Immune System: Our Great Protector
10: The Immune System: Our Great Protector

Take a closer look at the intricate components of your body that try to protect you from dangerous infectious diseases. Then, explore immunosenescence-the changes in your immune system as you age-and learn proven ways to keep your immune system strong and prevent illness....

32 min
Zoonosis: Germs Leap from Animals to Humans
11: Zoonosis: Germs Leap from Animals to Humans

Seventy percent of infectious diseases originate from wildlife. Why are new diseases-such as bird flu and swine flu-so prevalent, and how are these exotic diseases being transmitted from animals to humans? Learn how to protect yourself from these diseases, including two you can get from your cat....

33 min
Tick-Borne Diseases: A Public Health Menace
12: Tick-Borne Diseases: A Public Health Menace

These small ectoparasites have emerged in force and have created a new public health crisis. Discover why tick-borne diseases are so easy to contract but difficult to diagnose, and get the facts about Lyme disease, the most common tick-borne illness in the United States....

31 min
Food-Borne Illness: What's Your Gut Feeling?
13: Food-Borne Illness: What's Your Gut Feeling?

From traveler's diarrhea to food poisoning, explore a myriad of illnesses that can enter the body through the food you eat. Gain an awareness of a severe bacterial infection that is on the rise in hospitals, particularly in patients over age 65....

32 min
Respiratory and Brain Infections
14: Respiratory and Brain Infections

Turn now to severe respiratory and central nervous system illnesses that may have deadly consequences. Zoom in to the cellular level to see how complicated these infections can be, and how deadly pneumonia and bacterial meningitis can become. Learn to recognize the symptoms of pneumonia and meningitis, and when to seek medical attention....

30 min
Flesh-Eating Bacteria and Blood Poisoning
15: Flesh-Eating Bacteria and Blood Poisoning

Continue your study of the body with infections that affect the skin and bloodstream, including the powerful sepsis infection, which is responsible for 10% of deaths in the United States. Get the facts on necrotizing fasciitis, or "flesh-eating bacteria," and travel back 40 years to follow the evolution of the resistant bacteria MRSA....

32 min
STDs and Other Infections below the Belt
16: STDs and Other Infections below the Belt

Begin this lecture with a fascinating story of a twist of fate in 1951 that turned out to be one of the most important developments in medical history. Then, study infections that attack the urinary tract and pelvic organs, and learn more about the wide range of sexually transmitted diseases....

31 min
Stay Out of the Hospital!
17: Stay Out of the Hospital!

Go behind the scenes at a hospital, and unveil the truth: what is perceived as a pristine and sterile environment is really bustling with all kinds of germs. Discover why some hospitals forbid their doctors to wear white coats and wedding rings, and learn what you can do to protect yourself if you must be hospitalized....

31 min
The Nemesis of Mankind: HIV and AIDS
18: The Nemesis of Mankind: HIV and AIDS

More than three decades after the first cases of Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) were reported, the global health community is still dealing with a pandemic of 33 million infected people, of which about 3 million are children. Learn the scientific facts behind this virus and why it is so difficult to find a vaccine or cure....

31 min
Malaria and Tuberculosis: Global Killers
19: Malaria and Tuberculosis: Global Killers

In spite of a multitude of global efforts to decrease their mortality rates, these two ancient diseases are still the deadliest in the world. Go beyond vaccines and mosquito netting and see the innovative experiments being conducted in an attempt to eradicate malaria and tuberculosis....

32 min
Global Travel, War, and Natural Disasters
20: Global Travel, War, and Natural Disasters

Witness the toll infectious diseases take on populations during times of war and natural disasters, using examples from Napoleon's armies to modern-day Syria. Then, learn why your personal physician isn't the best person to talk to about risks when you're about to embark on foreign travel....

32 min
Influenza: Past and Future Threat
21: Influenza: Past and Future Threat

Despite being a common disease, the flu is responsible for some of the deadliest pandemics of all time. Explore two important biological aspects of influenza-antigenic drift and antigenic shift-to understand why changes in viruses can have such a huge impact on disease prevalence....

32 min
Bioterrorism: How Worried Should We Be?
22: Bioterrorism: How Worried Should We Be?

Explore the three scenarios that pose the greatest threats in a bioterrorism attack: an airborne agent like anthrax, a smallpox attack, and a release of botulinum toxin in cold drinks. Understand the steps that the CDC takes to protect the public and what you can do as an average citizen....

32 min
Emerging and Reemerging Diseases
23: Emerging and Reemerging Diseases

The outbreak of Ebola in 2014 in West Africa became an international crisis in a matter of weeks-even traveling across the ocean to the United States. Explore deadly emerging and reemerging diseases that continually challenge our detection and response abilities....

31 min
Outbreak! Contagion! The Next Pandemic!
24: Outbreak! Contagion! The Next Pandemic!

Using your newly acquired infectious disease knowledge, look into the future and discern what the next pandemic might be-one that would reach all continents quickly, be difficult to treat, be extremely deadly, and perhaps threaten the very survival of the human race!...

35 min
Barry C. Fox

Infectious diseases have played a significant role in changing the course of human history.


Vanderbilt University


University of Wisconsin

About Barry C. Fox

Dr. Barry Fox is a Clinical Professor of Infectious Disease at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. He currently practices in clinical infectious disease at two hospitals and a long-term care facility. He received his undergraduate degree in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry from Yale University and his medical degree from Vanderbilt University. He is board certified in both Internal Medicine and Infectious Disease. He was named the Medical Educator of the Year by the Department of Medicine at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in 1994 and was chosen by the Internal Medicine Residency Program as the Attending of the Year in 1991. Dr. Fox has been chosen numerous times as a Top Doc by Madison Magazine. On a national level, he has been recognized as one of the Best Doctors in America and made the list of America's Top Physicians compiled by the Consumer Research Council of America. Dr. Fox has authored or coauthored four book chapters and over 40 articles in a wide assortment of peer-reviewed journals; he also has presented abstracts and given presentations to audiences around the world. In addition, he serves as a peer reviewer for medical journals. He is a fellow of the Infectious Diseases Society of America and is a member of the Emerging Infections Network. He was also elected as a Fellow for the Society of Healthcare Epidemiology of America. Dr. Fox is a member of the worldwide Alliance for the Prudent Use of Antibiotics.

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