LanA, Alexander D. Langmuir Collection in the Alan Mason Chesney Medical Archives of the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions


[Series] Sound Recordings

[Sub-series] Lectures to the Incoming Epidemiological Intelligence Service (EIS)Class of 1970. — 1970. — 10 compact discs
Creator: Langmuir, Alexander D.
10 compact disk set of the final lecture series by Alexander Langmuir to the incoming EIS class of 1970 recorded by J. Lyle Conrad.
Each compact disk contains 2 sides of the original unedited cassette recordings.
Copies of the 10 CD lecture set reside in the archival collections of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Library of Medicine, and Johns Hopkins University.

Disc 1Introduction to the 1970 EIS course. — 13 tracks; 61:30 minutes.
Note at beginning that several important CDC people of the time speak. Phillip Brachman has just taken over the EPO-EIS direction from the retiring Langmuir. He introduces David Spencer, the CDC director, who announces the CDC name change to Center for Disease Control later that day. Brachman introduces Dr. Michael Gregg, the course director, who outlines the course. Gregg then introduces Langmuir.
Langmuir then lectures on thte Oswego New York foodborne outbreak of 1940. This is a classic field epidemiology teaching problem used for almost 60 years at CDC and elsewhere.

Disc 2Lecture on the Oswego foodborne outbreak. — 13 tracks; 61:25 minutes.
Langmuir continues to lecture on thte Oswego New York foodborne outbreak of 1940. Note the details of interrogation by Langmuir. He also discusses what constitutes "proof" for the epidemiologist.
Langmuir concludes the lecture on Oswego. note that he draws attention to the ultimate reason why these investigations are preformed: the prevention of further disease transmission.

Disc 3Lecture: "Tools of Epidemiologists" and "Territory of Epidemiology". — 13 tracks; 61:24 minutes.
Langmuir lectures on the "Tools of Epidemiologists," covering the importance of rates and ratios in epidemiology.
Langmuir proceeds to lecture on the "Territory of Epidemiology," explaining what epidemiologists do.

Disc 4Lecture: "Territory of Epidemiology" and "History of Epidemiology". — 13 tracks; 62:00 minutes.
Langmuir continues the lecture on the "Territory of Epidemiology." In it, he discusses poliomyelitis including modes of disease transmission. He goes on to comment on the 1954 Francis Vaccine Field Trials and the 1955 Cutter Laboratories incident and investigation in which the EIS played a pivotal role in assuring the safety of the polio vaccine supply.
On this disc, Langmuir begins his lecture on the "History of Epidemiology." In this lecture, he reviews the contribtions to epidemiology of those he referred to as his "Four Greats:" Peter Ludwig Panum (1820-1885), John Snow (1813-1858), William Farr (1807-1883), and William Budd (1811-1880).

Disc 5Lecture: "History of Epidemiology" and "Ecology of Disease". — 13 tracks; 61:20 minutes.
Langmuir continues his lecture on the "History of Epidemiology." He concludes with commentary on the contributions of Charles V. Chapin (1856-1941), Wade Hampton Frost (1880-1938), and Walter Reed (1851-1902).
Langmuir begins his lecture on the "Ecology of Disease." In this he explores the chain of infection.

Disc 6Lecture: "Ecology of Disease," "Natural Laws vs. Eradication of Disease," and Controls in Studies and Comparison Groups.. — 15 tracks; 72:10 minutes.
Langmuir concludes his lecture on the "Ecology of Disease." He goes on to discuss "Natural Laws vs. Eradication of Disease."
Langmuir also lectures on controls in studies and comparison groups. In this talk, he again highlights the Francis Polio Vaccine Field Trials of 1954.

Disc 7Lecture: "Host-Parasite Relationship" and Epidemic Patterns". — 13 tracks; 61:26 minutes.
Langmuir lectures on the "Host-Parasite Relationship." He speaks on "Epidemic Patterns" and offers commentary on the Des Mines, Iowa polio outbreak of 1959.

Disc 8Lecture: "Epidemic Patterns" and "Non-Infectious Disease and Epidemiology". — 13 tracks; 62:18 minutes.
Langmuir's lecture on "Epidemic Patterns" concludes. In it, he discusses specific cases. These include an airborne disease outbreak at Bob Jones University; cases of common source typhoid in Montreal, Quebec; hepatitis in New Delhi, India; and the course of progressive person-to-person infectious disease outbreaks. He covers influenza at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina; a Rubella outbreak from 1934; and measles in Britain, 1933-1934.
Langmuir shares his philosophy of "Non-Infectious Disease Epidemiology." To illustrate his points, he refers to the eight-case cluster of childhood leukemia found in Niles, Illinois in 1963. He also considers the effects of radiation on congenital defects.

Disc 9Lecture: Chronic Disease Epidemiology and "Population Control". — 15 tracks; 73:52 minutes.
This disc begins with Langmuir's lecure on chronic disease epidemiology. He also explains his views on the concept of disease eradication as opposed to control. Langmuir considers the examples of malaria, smallpox, polio, and measles.
Langmuir lectures on "Population Control," considering the Sartwell Birth Control Pill Study.

Disc 10Lecture: "Biological Warfare" and conclusion of series. — 4 tracks; 20:00 minutes.
Langmuir delivers a lecture on "Biological Warfare."
Langmuir closes the course with a talk focusing on what epidemiology "is all about."

Audiocassette, "Tribute to Alex, T.A.C.". — August 16, 1982. — 1 cassette tape, 60 minute.
Tribute to Alexander Langmuir
Removed from Box 7 of Accession 1994-047.