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History of smallpox.

Maud F. Gill

History of smallpox.

by Maud F. Gill

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Published by [the author] in [Brighton] .
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  Smallpox is an infectious disease that is unique to humans, caused by a poxvirus. It is one of the most lethal of diseases; the virus variant Variola major has a mortality rate of 30%. People surviving this disease have life-long consequences, but also assured immunity. Historically, smallpox was recognized early in human populations.   It has been alleged that smallpox was also used as a weapon during the American Revolutionary War (). During the winter of , American forces were attempting to .

  How One Daring Woman Introduced the Idea of Smallpox Inoculation to England British writer and explorer Lady Mary Wortley Montagu ( - ). Portrait by Sir Godfrey Kneller,   The story of smallpox satisfies all three. Imagine an airborne disease such as COVID, but one in four people who get it will die. It causes a fever, but also a rash which cloaks the body in disfiguring pustules that fuse into reptilian scales. It leaves its victims, if not dead, scarred or blind.

  Introduction. This article, outlining the history of smallpox, is based to a considerable extent on the World Health Organization (WHO) monograph written by Fenner et al published in , entitled Smallpox and its Eradication. 1 The book entitled The Life and Death of Smallpox, written by Ian and Jenifer Glynn, published in by Profile Books, 2 provided much background by:   Williams's book not only tells us about the history of smallpox before vaccination, and Jenner's discovery (and the disputes and battles surrounding it), but also the subsequent history of smallpox vaccination and resistance to it, up to the smallpox eradication campaign led by Donald Henderson. This book is a joy to s:


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History of smallpox by Maud F. Gill Download PDF EPUB FB2

In Hopkins's history, smallpox was one of the most dangerous--and influential--factors that shaped the course of world events.

From the Back Cover Once known as the "great fire" or "spotted death," smallpox has been rivaled only by plague as a source of supreme by: Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, - Smallpox - pages 1 Review Moore follows the history of the disease from its first recorded appearance in Asia and Africa to Arabia and finally to 5/5(1).

The history of smallpox is uncertain. Genetic analyses of viral DNA isolated from a mummified child who had been interred in a church in Lithuania suggest that variola virus had evolved by at least the 17th century.

F or many global health decision-makers, COVID has come to symbolize a failure to apply lessons from past experiences with infectious diseases and raised pressing new questions to be addressed ahead of the next pandemic.

I had the honor of being involved in the campaign to eradicate smallpox, a devastating disease whose historical names – pox, speckled monster and red plague – hint. For those who would like to learn about this in greater detail, I would highly recommend the book, Pox Americana: The Great Smallpox Epidemic ofwritten by Elizabeth A.

Fenn. The smallpox vaccine was the first vaccine to be developed against a contagious disease. Inthe British doctor Edward Jenner demonstrated that an infection with the relatively mild cowpox virus conferred immunity against the deadly smallpox virus.

Cowpox served as a natural vaccine until the modern smallpox vaccine emerged in the 19th century. From tothe World Health. The history of smallpox extends into pre-history; the disease likely emerged in human populations ab BC. The earliest credible evidence of smallpox is found in the Egyptian mummies of people who died some years ago.

The measure staved off smallpox long enough to win a years-long fight with the British. In the process, Washington pulled off the first massive, state-funded immunization campaign in American history. The definitive history of the worlds most triumphant achievement in medicine and public health.

In 31 chapters, this monumental work recounts the history of one of humanity's worst diseases, moving from ancient times, through the discovery of vaccination, to the spectacular WHO-led campaign that finally vanquished the disease. The history of the entire worldwide effort to eradicate smallpox.

Because of the scope of the program, the book is an overview and doesn't focus in much detail on any of the specific regions. But there still is a lot of information packed into this conversational narrative.

flag Like see review/5. Medical historians use written records to assist in identifying diseases, but smallpox has a very spotted history. According to Baylor University Medical Center Proceedings, some scientists believe smallpox originated in 10, BCE, but verifiable descriptions of Author: Marina Manoukian.

'Williams recounts the history of smallpox in a breezy, accessible style.' - Clive Anderson, New Scientist 'This extraordinary book brings alive the sheer horrors of smallpox and how mankind has managed to wipe it out using vaccination, pioneered by a Gloucestershire country doctor in Cited by: Smallpox: A History.

Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company Inc., Publishers. The first 92 pages are available on google books. Bardell, D. Edward Jenner and the First Vaccination. The American Biology Teacher, 39(7), The first page can be accessed here.

Riedel, S. Edward Jenner and the History of Smallpox and. Smallpox was one of the worst diseases in human history. It killed an estimated million people or more in the 20th century alone; only tuberculosis and malaria have been more deadly.

Its victims were often children, even infants. The Life and Death of Smallpox. Ian and Jenifer Glynn. Profile Books.

[pounds sterling] x + pages. ISBN The story of smallpox is an old one and some nasty, pox-like things wander through Thucydides, Diodorus and ancient Sanskrit texts. The evolution of the deadliest virus in human history — smallpox — is only partly understood.

Like the novel coronavirus and many other disease-causing viruses, smallpox. February 3, Rene F. Najera In the early s, about a century before Edward Jenner conceived the idea of a smallpox vaccine based on the cowpox virus, smallpox was going through New England and other American Colonies.

In Massachusetts, colonists there saw smallpox arrive with cargo ships to Boston over and over again. Shortlisted for the Wellcome Trust Book Prize 'Williams recounts the history of smallpox in a breezy, accessible style.' - Clive Anderson, New Scientist 'This extraordinary book brings alive the sheer horrors of smallpox and how mankind has managed to wipe it out using vaccination, pioneered by a Gloucestershire country doctor in The book The Greatest Killer: Smallpox in History, Donald R.

Hopkins is published by University of Chicago Press. The Greatest Killer: Smallpox in History, Hopkins All Chicago e-books are on sale at 30% off with the code EBOOK   In The Greatest Killer, Donald R.

Hopkins provides a fascinating account of smallpox and its role in human history. Starting with its orig years ago in Africa or Asia, Hopkins follows the disease through the ancient and modern worlds, showing how smallpox removed or temporarily incapacitated heads of state, halted or exacerbated wars.

Variola virus (the virus that causes smallpox) causes disease only in people. Other pox-like viruses, such as monkeypox, can infect both animals and people.

This unique characteristic of variola virus makes it an important virus to study and help us learn more about infectious diseases.Published inthis first-edition copy of Edward Jenner’s An Inquiry into the Causes and Effects of the Variolae Vaccinae, a Disease Discovered in Some of the Western Counties of England.

Smallpox, caused by the variola virus and one of the deadliest diseases in human history, plagued the world since as far back as the third century B.C., Author: Nora Mcgreevy.