- 2000 April 4
This VHS tape contains the lecture "Bioterrorism" By Professor D. A. Henderson, MD, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. The lecture took place April 4, 2000, and was a part of the James H. Steele Lecture series from the University of Texas School of Public Health. The recording runs 1:22:57. It is in color.
(0:01) Bert DuPont welcomes the audience to the 8th James Steele lecture. He speaks about Dr. Steele’s contributions and recognizes Dr. Steele, who is in attendance. DuPont introduces Dean R. Palmer Beasley.
(4:46) Dean R. Palmer Beasley takes the podium and highlights three men present that day: Dr. Steele, Dr. Phil Lee, and Dr. D. A. Henderson. Dr. Beasley describes Dr. Lee’s career before offering his introduction of Dr. D. A. Henderson.
(14:02) Dr. D. A. Henderson ascends to the podium and begins his talk by discussing Dr. James Steele and their longstanding association. He tells of their time at the Center for Disease Control (CDC).
(18:55) Dr. Henderson alludes to his role in smallpox eradication before pivoting to the topic of bioterrorism.
(20:52) Bioterrorism. He addresses prevalent views on bioterrorism. He traces attitudes through his time in the White House and at Health and Human Services. He then outlines developments in Japan, Russia, and Iraq that changed perceptions in 1995.
(31:00) Agents of concern: smallpox, plague, anthrax, and others. He elaborates on the nature of smallpox and the history and side effects of vaccination.
(37:15) Meschede, Germany, January 1970. Smallpox outbreak.
(41:00) Kosovo, Yugoslavia, February 1972. Smallpox outbreak.
(45:42) Considering a hypothetical smallpox outbreak in the US.
(50:41) The danger of these materials and expertise in Russia. “The Changing Nature of the Threat”—religious groups, access, communications, intent to inflict maximum damage.
(54:18) Concerns among policy makers.
(55:21) Threats from animal viruses such as foot and mouth disease and African swine fever.
(57:57) “The consequences of a biological weapon attack would be an epidemic.” Dr. Henderson discusses the role of public health, medicine, and biology in response.
(1:02:40) Johns Hopkins Center for Civilian Biodefense Studies
(1:03:05) Questions and Answers
Henderson, Donald A. (Donald Ainslie), 1928-2016