What is Mesothelioma?

Human Diseases

Mum... What is Mesothelioma?

So often we use medical terminology but how often do we really know the implications?





In Australia the disease Asbestosis is often in the News. Around the world diseases like Mesothelioma and AIDS are of interest to governments, doctors, families, drug companies and lawyers? Yes, lawyers!

Our lives are filled with the names of many different diseases but my experience shows that students can recite the names and pronounce them in texts but are unaware of what the conditions really are, and often are completely unaware of their human impact? Here is one task to address this.


Choose a disease or condition from the following list (or another you wish to research) and create a mind map on it that will inform your classmates.

Include: symptoms, when discovered, who discovered it, how was it discovered, how transmitted, treatment, interesting facts.

Just a few possibilities - Rift Valley Fever, Glandular Fever, Tuberculosis, Ebolia, AIDS, Cerebral Palsy, Hemophilia, malnutrition, malignant cancer, Hepatitis A B & C, Bird Flu, Anthrax, Dementia, Pulmonary Hypertension, Breast Cancer, Alzheimer's (as opposed to Old Timers as one of my students once so eloquently put it) Plaque, Gingivitis, Nits, Dandruff, Tonsillitis, Arthritis, Bi-polar Disorder, Schizophrenia, Autism, Azberger's Syndrome, Mad Cow Disease, Down's Syndrome, Post Natal Depression, Rubella, Measles, Chicken Pox, Shingles, Tetanus or any other disease or condition you desire to learn about.

Interesting Facts

* Immunisation can be given against: whooping cough, diphtheria, polio, yellow fever, bubonic plague, malaria, scurvy, dysentery, cholera, cervical cancer vaccine

* Small pox wreaked havoc around the world for centuries but now only exists locked up in a couple of research labs around the world..

* An Influenza epidemic at the start of the 20th century killed more people than World War One.

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