Seema Yasmin, director of research and education at the Stanford Health Communication Initiative, talks about her book The Impatient Dr. Lange: One Man’s Fight to End the Global HIV Epidemic. Lange was killed five years ago today when flight MH17 was shot down.
Welcome to Scientific American’s Science Talk, posted on July 17, 2019. I’m Steve Mirsky. On this episode:
That’s Seema Yasmin. She’s the director of research and education at Stanford University’s Stanford Health Communication Initiative. She’s a physician and researcher. She practiced at a British hospital before becoming a disease detective with the U.S. CDC’s Epidemic Intelligence Service. And she’s also an award-winning journalist and the author of the book The Impatient Dr. Lange: One Man’s Fight to End the Global HIV Epidemic.
Five years ago today, Dr. Lange—Joseph Lange, known to his friends as Joep, was aboard Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 on his way to a major HIV-AIDS conference when pro-Russian rebels blew the plane out of the sky, murdering him and everyone else on board. Yasmin studied and worked with Lange. She recently visited our offices in New York City, where we talked about the book and other public health issues.
It was recently announced that four Russians will go on trial—in absentia—next year for shooting down flight MH17. But they probably will never truly face justice for the deaths of Dr. Lange and 297 other people killed five years ago today.
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