Smallpox / Public Health Hero Loses to Cancer at 80

Dr. Davida Coady has lost her battle with ovarian cancer. She was 80 years old. Davida Coady, physician who treated refugees in Biafra and helped eradicate smallpox in India, dies at 80. When Dr. Coady was treating refugees in Biafra in 1969, my husband Carl was eradicating smallpox on the Nigerian side of the Nigeria-Biafra…

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…

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…