The Necessity of Patient Zero


'Eve in the Garden of Eden' by Anna Lea Merritt Fine Art Photographic Library/Corbis via Getty Images
'Eve in the Garden of Eden' by Anna Lea Merritt Fine Art Photographic Library/Corbis via Getty Images

Patient zero looms large in our collective consciousness. Through carelessness, impropriety or sheer twisted luck, they introduce highly contagious pathogens into new human populations -- if not the human species itself. But where does the science end and the game of scapegoating and othering begin? In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Christian explore the concept of patient zero in science, history and myth.

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Topics in this Podcast: health, disease, myth