Iran in the Age of Cholera with Amir Afkhami

Episode 21 - August 2, 2020

Amir Afkhami (George Washington University) talks to Merle and Lee about the 19th and early 20th century outbreaks of cholera in Iran. He begins with a broad overview of recent Iranian history in the context of infectious diseases, and continues to discuss how imperialism and colonialism shaped how cholera struck Iran. Amir then shows how modern public health emerged in the country as one of the outcomes of this disease. At the end of the conversation Amir also discusses the wider context of infectious diseases in Iran, including the 1918 Influenza Pandemic and Covid-19.

Our Guest

Amir Afkhami,

Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and the Department of Global Health at the George Washington University.

Amir Afkhami