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Life and Death of Smallpox
Ian Glynn (au); Jenifer Glynn (au)
No other disease has had such a long, dramatic and terrible history as smallpox. Mozart, Voltaire, Elizabeth I and Abraham Lincoln all had it -- and survived. Millions did not. Edward Jenner’s breakthrough in 1796 started the process of controlling the virus. The practice of ‘vaccinating’ with cowpox spread around the world quickly, and in 1979 smallpox became the first ever infectious disease to be eradicated -- a magnificent and so far a unique scientific and political achievement. Yet now its possible use in biological warfare presents a major threat. There remains no effective cure for smallpox. This book tells the fascinating and frightening story of this terrifying disease. “A brilliant mixture of history, science and politics.” Illustrations.
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