History of Vaccines Blog


April 3 Lecture on 300 Years of Immunization Advocacy

March 21, 2017

Lady Mary Wortley Montagu
Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, The College of Physicians of Philadelphia

A Scab Story Bites Back

March 6, 2017

Curator Dhody & John Faherty of the Philadelphia Department of Public Health
Curator Dhody & John Faherty of the Philadelphia Department of Public Health. Photo by Evi Numen, Mütter Museum

Today's blog post is by Robert D. Hicks and Anna N. Dhody

Lora Little: The Vaccine Liberator

February 10, 2017

Lora C. LIttle
Lora C. Little. The Historical Medical Library of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia

Today's blog post is by History of Vaccines intern Carley Roche.

Spurious Vaccination in the Civil War: December 13 Talk

December 8, 2016

Robert Hicks in Civil War surgeon uniform
Robert Hicks in Civil War surgeon uniform

Join us December 13 at 6:30pm for an illustrated talk about smallpox vaccination in the American Civil War.

Death, The Vaccinator

October 26, 2016

Today's blog post is by Carley Roche, History of Vaccines intern

D. A. Henderson, 1928-2016

August 31, 2016

Henderson in his office in 2010
Henderson in his office in 2010

A Scab Story

August 4, 2014

Man with smallpox, early 1900s, The Historical Medical Library of The College of Physicians of PhiladelphiaToday's blog post is by Robert D. Hicks, PhD, Director, Mütter Museum/Historical Medical Library, William Maul Measey Chair for the History of Medicine, The College of Physicians of Philadelphia.

A Taxonomy of Vaccination Scars

March 10, 2014

Denarp Decanteleu JEB. The Historical Medical Library of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia.

The Stranger in the Mirror in Bleak House

September 16, 2013

Nurse and Patient, Bleak HouseAs I was reading Charles Dickens’s Bleak House, I was interested to find a description of an illness that most likely was smallpox. The incident involves Esther Summerson, the self-sacrificing heroine.

Philly Students Learn About Smallpox

August 14, 2013

>Yesterday I had the pleasure of working with the College's new group of Karabots Junior Fellows.