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

African slave, Onesimus, smallpox inoculation, Zabdiel Boylston

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

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

SMALLPOX SHUFFLES DYNASTIES

Beautiful and loved Queen Mary II died of smallpox at age 32.

SMALLPOX SHUFFLING DYNASTIES "It shuffled the leadership of royal houses like a handful of playing cards.” So says writer Maryn McKenna of smallpox. (See my previous post.) Her National Geographic article revealed that DNA from a young Lithuanian girl's mummy is rewriting smallpox history. And the disease shuffling dynasties? Let's take a look. A Roll Call of Royal … Continue reading SMALLPOX SHUFFLES DYNASTIES