Journal Article

Infectious Diseases in Cinema: Virus Hunters and Killer Microbes

Georgios Pappas, Savvas Seitaridis, Nikolaos Akritidis and Epaminondas Tsianos

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 37, issue 7, pages 939-942
Published in print October 2003 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online October 2003 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/377740
Infectious Diseases in Cinema: Virus Hunters and Killer Microbes

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The world of infectious diseases has been rarely presented in the cinema with accuracy. Apart from random biographies of scientists and retellings of stories about great epidemics from the past, most films focus on the dangers presented by outbreaks of unknown agents that originate from acts of bioterrorism, from laboratory accidents, or even from space. We review these films and underline the possible effect that they have on the public's perception of infection—a perception that, when misguided, could prove to be problematic in times of epidemics.

Journal Article.  2938 words. 

Subjects: Infectious Diseases ; Immunology ; Public Health and Epidemiology ; Microbiology

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