Section One (W.C 383)
In the book, “The Demon in the Freezer”, the character I chose was D.A. Henderson. Henderson is a dedicated researcher in the field of disease and his work contributed to the eradication of smallpox. Some say that the real main character in the book is smallpox and that Henderson and the other researchers were not important, but in reality the book is a battle between humanity and smallpox, so multiple main characters are needed. In the field of Public Health making sure that disease is eradicated or maintained is the key to success. Henderson knew the evils of disease and bio weaponry and his main goal was to maintain and eventually eradicate, which certainly establishes him not only as a noble character in the field of public health but also a leader by example. "Today almost everyone who was vaccinated against smallpox in childhood has lost much or all of their immunity to it." (Preston, 2002) Henderson knew the potential threats as well as the economic and social impacts of smallpox and chose to eradicate rather than use it as a weapon. In the book Henderson says, “What we need to do is create a climate where smallpox is considered too morally reprehensible to be used as a weapon. It would make the possession of smallpox in a laboratory a crime against humanity.” (Preston, 2002) Henderson proves time and time again that he is willing to dedicate his lifetime career in promoting health, prolonging life and thinking of the population as a whole in order to maintain public health. Although convincing multiple people to destroy the legal stocks of smallpox is a task at hand, he found it necessary in global eradication. This would be another example why D.A. Henderson is leading by example and showing the world what it takes to fill the shoes of a dedicated global public health official. But dedication does not do Henderson justice in terms. Henderson’s dedication is from the multiple hours of travel, patients seen dying from smallpox and the amount of hours put in at work. Even though Henderson went through all of that work, smallpox ended up in stockpiles and potentially used for bio weapon research, which he thought was useless and a crime against humanity.
Section Two (W.C 349)
“The Demon in the Freezer”, is a direct connection to biostatistics and epidemiology. Biostatistics is fundamental for the practice of public health and relates most of our statistical information to health issues, while epidemiology is the study of incidence, distribution, and possible control of all disease and other factors related to health. One of the main diseases in the book, “The Demon in the Freezer”, is smallpox and the main goal is to eradicate and destroy it in the natural world. In order to obtain eradication you must use biostatistics to find the estimated number of deaths from smallpox and trends and in turn this helps identify health trends, techniques and methodology that could potentially lead to...