Dr Stanley Callaghan always strikes an unusual angle with his talks and last week was no exception when he spoke at Brechin Rotary Club’s weekly meeting about the diverse and unexpected effects of disease on the world.
His main points of reference were the twin evils of the Bubonic plague and syphilis. A spokesperson for the club said: “He explained that without the former the Roman Empire could have possibly re-emerged and we would all now be speaking Latin, and that without the latter, and in particular the madness of neuro-syphilis, the world could have been spared the evil doings of Hitler.”
His lively and interesting talk was given a vote of thanks by Andy Edgar. Pictured is Dr Callaghan with an image of the effects of the plague.