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Zika Virus: History, Neurologic Disease, and Threat to the Americas

May 12, 2016

Aedes aegyti, The Historical Medical Library of The College of Physicians of PhiladelphiaThe College of Physicians of Philadelphia is pleased to announce a public program on Monday, May 16, 2016, at 8 am (breakfast at 7:30am) on the Zika virus epidemic. Scott C.

Typhus, War, and Vaccines

March 16, 2016

U.S. Army medical personnel inoculate Egyptian civilians for typhus. Source: vaccines.milToday's blog post is by Carley Roche, a recent graduate from Drexel University and an intern here at The College of Physicians of Philadelphia.

Franklin and Public Health Celebration 1/15/2016

January 14, 2016

Benjamin Franklin, The Historical Medical Library of The College of Physicians of PhiladelphiaOn January 15, 2016, Philadelphia organizations associated with Benjamin Franklin will celebrate his 300th birthday with a day of events organized around some of the founding father's most lasting contributions.

Pennsylvania Coalition for Informed Consent and NVIC

December 16, 2015

Anti-vaccination cartoon, 1890s. The College of Physicians of PhiladelphiaThe Pennsylvania Coalition for Informed Consent (PCIC) formed in March 2015, in the wake of the measles outbreaks that began in December 2014. During that time, Pennsylvania legislators introduced a bill to eliminate philosophical belief exemptions to school vaccinations, to which PCIC objected.

The Fantastic Laboratory: Arthur Allen Talk March 12

February 23, 2015

Arthur Allen's bookPlease join us the evening of March 12, 2015, when writer Arthur Allen discusses the lives and work of Rudolf Weigl and Ludwik Fleck, two forgotten scientific heroes. Weigl and Fleck used their knowledge of typhus and vaccines in World War II Poland to save thousands of people and sabotage the Nazis.

Mumps Roughs Up Hockey Players

December 18, 2014

We've all been following the National Hockey League mumps outbreak in the past few weeks. And by now, those of us who are known for opining on infectious diseases have been asked by our friends why even people who are fully and recently vaccinated are coming down with the disease.

When Bad News Is Good News

December 20, 2013

Haemophilus influenzae, (c) Dennis Kunkel Microscopy, Inc.Our advisor, Thomas Fekete, MD, FCPP, is the author of today’s post. Dr.

Vaccine Skepticism as a Feminist Stance?

October 7, 2013

The Historical Medical Library of The College of Physicians of PhiladelphiaElena Conis published a recent essay in the Bulletin of the History of Medicine, entitled “A Mother’s Responsibility: Women, Medicine, and the Rise of

American Presidents and Infectious Diseases

July 3, 2013

Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and MuseumWe've expanded and updated a popular post from 2012 by History of Vaccines former intern Alexandra Linn. 

Video: Do Vaccines Overwhelm the Infant Immune System?

June 5, 2013

Courtesy Academic EarthAcademicEarth, an educational video and online course provider, has just produced a video for its collection of video electives-–standalone videos that illustrate interesting concepts across a variety of disciplines.