Celebrating Two 20th Century Public Health Achievements:

The Decline of Tuberculosis and Milk-borne Disease


Single Day Event: Monday, Oct. 22; 9:30-11:30 AM

Location: Westminster Presbyterian Church, 4114 Allison Ave., Des Moines

Cost: $12

Class Limit: 100


This course will cover the history of both milk hygiene and the elimination of tuberculosis which share a linkage. A review of milk hygiene, especially for the period 1875-1925, includes physicians’ misguided views of the process, details of earlier “swill” dairies and infant mortality. Tuberculosis killed many famous people, including Eleanor Roosevelt and Robert Louis Stevenson. It is both a chronic and infectious disease that declined for a variety of reasons, long before effective medications were introduced. Although it remains a concern for immigrant health, its risks to contemporary U.S. society overall are very low today.



Instructor Russell Currier is a veterinarian with a master’s in public health, both degrees from the University of Minnesota. He worked for one year in dairy cow practice, six years with the Centers for Disease Control and 29 years with the Iowa Department of Public Health. Dr. Currier has published over 35 scientific papers dealing with public health problems and is a past president of the American Veterinary Medical History Society.




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