Lady Montagu, 18th Century British Aristocrat, Feminist, Smallpox Fighter and Public Health Heroine

The year is 1718. Smallpox inoculation is unknown in Western cultures, and vaccine is still decades in the future. Commoners and kings are powerless against the onslaught of the speckled monster. How did one intrepid British aristocrat discover a practice in a far-off land, become an immunization pioneer and a heroine in the annals of…

Bill Gates Warns of Smallpox, Flu & Other Epidemics

“. . . There was a simulation called Dark Winter that didn’t come out very well, i.e., smallpox scored one and humanity scored zero.” Microsoft founder Bill Gates at Davos, Switzerland, January 2017. Video courtesy of Business Insider, January 18, 2017, 2 min, 35 seconds, link here BILL GATES: A deadly epidemic is a real possibility…

Close-up Look at Smallpox in my Memoir

How can you picture the horrors of smallpox? It’s more hideous than I’d ever imagined before moving to Africa. In The End of a Global Pox: America and the Eradication of Smallpox in the Cold War Era, Bob H. Reinhardt referred to the heroes who risked their safety and sanity in pursuit of the goal…