Seema Yasmin-The Impatient Dr. Lange: One Man's Fight to End the Global HIV Epidemic

Seema Yasmin

Bio

Seema Yasmin is a medical doctor, journalist, and disease detective from England. Her first book, The Impatient Dr. Lange, is the story of her mentor, a scientist in search of a cure for HIV when he was killed on Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17. Her next projects are Debunked!, a book that dissects medical myths and a major title from HarperCollins in 2020. Yasmin is a professor at Stanford Medical School and Director of Research and Education of the Stanford Health Communication Initiative. She is working on a book of poems on the Ebola epidemic, a collection of short stories about Muslim women, and a graphic novel about epidemics.

Sessions

The Impatient Dr. Lange: One Man's Fight to End the Global HIV Epidemic, Sponsored by HowStuffWorks

When Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot down by pro-Russian rebels in July 2014, the world wondered if a cure for HIV had fallen from the sky and disappeared among the burning debris. Seated in the plane’s business-class cabin was Joseph Lange, better known as Joep, a shrewd Dutch doctor who had revolutionized the world of HIV and AIDS and was working on a cure. The Impatient Dr. Lange is the story of one man’s struggle against a global pandemic—and the tragic attack that may have slowed down the search for a cure. Seema Yasmin charts the course of the HIV epidemic and Dr. Lange's career as a young doctor who blazed his own path and dedicated his life to HIV. Yasmin draws on written records, medical journals, recorded discussions, expert testimony, and extensive interviews with Lange’s family, friends, and colleagues around the globe—including the people he spoke to in the days before he died. She faithfully reconstructs key scenes from Lange’s life and the history of the AIDS epidemic, revealing how Lange became a global leader in the fight against AIDS.

This session is sponsored by HowStuffWorks.

Interviewer: Lynn Paxton
  • Marriott Conference Center B presented by Atlanta Pro AV
  • Sat 5:30-6:15p Marriott B

The Impatient Dr. Lange: One Man's Fight to End the Global HIV Epidemic

When Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot down by pro-Russian rebels in July 2014, the world wondered if a cure for HIV had fallen from the sky. On the plane was Dr. Joseph Lange, better known as Joep, a shrewd Dutch doctor who had revolutionized the world of HIV and AIDS and who was working on a cure. Dr. Lange graduated from medical school in 1981, right as a new plague swept across the globe. His story became intertwined with the story of HIV. At once a physician, scientist, AIDS activist, and medical diplomat, Lange studied ways to battle HIV and prevent its spread from mother to child. The Impatient Dr. Lange is the story of one man’s struggle against a global pandemic―and the tragic attack that may have slowed down the search for a cure.

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