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  • Re-reading Camus’s ‘The Plague’ in pandemic times

    Re-reading Camus’s ‘The Plague’ in pandemic timesRe-reading Camus’s ‘The Plague’ in pandemic times FREE

    Albert’s Camus’s famous 1947 novel ‘The Plague’ has now come to the attention of a new generation of readers – those who draw parallels between Camus’s depictions of disease-ridden Algeria and the COVID-19 pandemic we are currently living through. It is the story of placid everyday lives that are suddenly, brutally disrupted by a virus: an existential reminder of the arbitrariness of life and the certainty and randomness of death. In this podcast, Dr Raj Persaud talks to the author of ‘A Very Short Introduction’ to Camus, Dr Oliver Gloag, about the impact this writer could have on our outlook and behaviour during these challenging times. More...

    5/29/2020 | Download

    Minimum recommended time: 30 minutes | Credits: 0.5 | CPD Domains: Academic

  • The psychology of the virus ‘super-spreader’

    The psychology of the virus ‘super-spreader’The psychology of the virus ‘super-spreader’ FREE

    Like many infections COVID-19 can produce mild symptoms or none at all in some people, meaning they are not aware they are infected and can spread the virus without realising. COVID-19 may therefore be prone to the phenomenon of the ‘super-spreader’. In this podcast, Dr Raj Persaud talks to Dr Susan Campbell Bartoletti about Mary Mallon, the subject of her recent book ‘Terrible Typhoid Mary: A True Story of the Deadliest Cook in America’. Mallon was a healthy carrier of typhoid fever at the turn of the 20th century who resisted public health officials’ attempts to contain her. Can the first documented ‘super-spreader’ in history reveal true causes of modern pandemics? More...

    4/9/2020 | Download

    Minimum recommended time: 30 minutes | Credits: 0.5 | CPD Domains: Academic,Clinical

  • The psychology of coping with quarantine

    The psychology of coping with quarantineThe psychology of coping with quarantine FREE

    The COVID-19 pandemic has caused many people around the world to enter a period of quarantine, but what outcome will this have on our mental health and how can we help to reduce the psychological impact? In this podcast, Professor Neil Greenberg talks to Dr Raj Persaud about how to cope with quarantine and the surprising findings of the latest psychological research on the mental effects of quarantine, as recently published by a group of mental health experts including Professor Greenberg in The Lancet – 'The psychological impact of quarantine and how to reduce it: rapid review of the evidence'. More...

    4/7/2020 | Download

    Minimum recommended time: 30 minutes | Credits: 0.5 | CPD Domains: Academic,Clinical

  • The psychology and psychiatry of pandemics

    The psychology and psychiatry of pandemicsThe psychology and psychiatry of pandemics FREE

    The World Health Organization (WHO) characterised COVID-19 as a pandemic on 11 March 2020 and countries around the world are putting measures in place to combat the spread of coronavirus. How do psychological factors influence the spread of pandemic infection and the associated emotional distress and social disruption? In this podcast, Dr Raj Persaud talks to Professor Steven Taylor about his recently published book offering a comprehensive analysis of the psychology of pandemics. More...

    3/24/2020 | Download

    Minimum recommended time: 30 minutes | Credits: 0.5 | CPD Domains: Academic,Clinical

 

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