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Re: query: origins of "dis-ease"

I believe the first person to use the term dis-ease was Swami Satchidananda in the late 1960s.  As a naturopathic doctor who moved to the U.S. from India in 1966, he brought a yoga therapy approach to studying the root causes of illness.  Thus, he brought early attention in the U.S. and Europe to the stress-related aspects of disease symptomology as a key focus of his teaching, writing, and lecturing.  Perhaps, he learned this concept from his teacher, Swami Sivananda, a medical doctor, whose discourses on health and yoga in Rishikesh, North India, were attended by thousands.

2 Phd fellowships at U. of Edinburgh - on veterans' health and reintegration

Dear all,

Please forward this to any students potentially interested in doing a PhD at U. of Edinburgh, working with combat veterans in Israel or the Netherlands.


Alex Edmonds

Professor of Social and Medical Anthropology, University of Edinburgh


query: origins of "dis-ease"

Dear friends, I've been intrigued by the term "dis-ease" in recent literature but can't figure out its provenance--could someone help me trace where it originated and how it has been incorporated by scholars of the history of medicine? Best, Kristen Block Associate Professor, Florida Atlantic University/University of Tennessee

CDC Request Regarding Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS)

20 May 2014


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is monitoring the global situation regarding Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and working with partners to better understand the disease, including potential sources of infection, how it spreads, and how infections might be prevented. For more information, please see CDC's MERS website.