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Gary Slutkin: Let’s treat violence like a contagious disease

FILMED APR 2013 • POSTED OCT 2013 • TEDMED 2013

TED presents Physician Gary Slutkin who has spent a decade fighting tuberculosis, cholera and AIDS epidemics in Africa.

When he returned to the United States, he thought he’d escape brutal epidemic deaths. But then he began to look more carefully at gun violence, noting that its spread followed the patterns of infectious diseases. A mind-flipping look at a problem that too many communities have accepted as a given.

We’ve reversed the impact of so many diseases, says Slutkin, and we can do the same with violence.