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Catherine writes:

Hi Everyone,

I first found TWiP, which led me to TWiV which led me here (Hey Vincent- get on Dickson for more TWiP episodes!). I love all three shows. I work as a research technician at a medical/veterinary entomology lab, and spend several hours of my day counting and identifying mosquitoes caught in traps in rice paddies (when I'm not sitting in a makeshift african hut...) Your podcasts have saved my sanity on multiple occasions! While I work closely with vectors of many of the parasites/pathogens you discuss, it is great to learn about the mechanisms of infection and disease, a subject which I feel I am slightly lacking in.

I just finished reading a couple books about the history and discovery of prions, and while I am not sure they can be classified as microbes, I would love to hear a show on the subject. I've become slightly obsessed! Keep up the great podcasting - I have several thousand more mosquitoes to go!

Catherine

Robin writes:

Look forward to all the TWi* discussions. Last months TWiM on Salmonella, with its reference to Typhoid Fever, reminded me of Bertolucci's twenty year old film masterpiece, The Sheltering Sky in which Port played by John Malkovich contracts Typhoid.

The story written by Paul Bowles, is interesting by itself in that Bowles lives in Tangiers - - where the story plays out - - and for his friendship with William Burroughs.  Debra Winger is magnificent as Kit,  Malkovich's wife. At the end of the film the viewer struggles with moral issues and whether or not Kit lost her sanity. Reading the book doesn't help.

The photography and the acting are superb. The progression of the Typhoid Fever in Port is accurately portrayed.  The source of Port's infection is only hinted at. As one of the World's great films, the film was grossly underrated by film reviewers. Nevertheless, most people with a scientific background will appreciate the film and likely give it the highest ratings.

Robin M.D.

 

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