Vaccines and Bayonets: Launch Celebration June 24!

I am very excited to announce the official launch of Vaccines & Bayonets on Gavin Roy Presents YouTube Channel, June 24th at 430pm PDT. Please bring your friends and your book club! Looking forward to seeing you! https://videopress.com/v/O48fCchW?preloadContent=metadata What’s the book about? The author’s childhood dream is coming true. She leaves her small-town roots and…

African slave, Onesimus, smallpox inoculation, Zabdiel Boylston

Smallpox Attacks 18th Century Boston; George Washington Risks Inoculating Troops

Wails and delirium of the dying and the putrid stench of smallpox seep from the windows and billow from the doors. They flood the streets of Boston and rise to fill the spaces between the living. Leeching or bleeding the patient do nothing to block death's invasion. Fear has the city in its vise. Every…

Inoculation Proves its Worth; Mozart Gets Smallpox as Dad Says No Inoculation

1717. Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, feminist wife of Britain's ambassador to Ottoman Empire, is stunned by the Turks' means of conferring immunity against smallpox, inoculation/variolation with smallpox. Having been earlier ravaged by the disease herself, Lady Mary is passionate about this discovery and fights to get the practice adopted in England. 1767. Mozart gets smallpox. By…