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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.

Death, The Vaccinator

October 26, 2016

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

Smallpox in Philadelphia, 1925

September 27, 2016

Smallpox in Philadelphia 1925. The Historical Medical Library of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia
Smallpox in Philadelphia 1925. The Historical Medical Library of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia

Carley Roche, an intern here at The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, wrote today's blog post.

A Taxonomy of Vaccination Scars

March 10, 2014

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

A Death in the White House

October 16, 2013

John A. Kolmer, MDJohn A. Kolmer, MD (1886-1962), was a Philadelphia physician whose interests included infectious diseases and public health. He developed a test for syphilis – the Kolmer test – and he was involved in early tests of Salvarsan, the first effective treatment for the disease.

Revisiting Early Uses of Diphtheria Anti-Toxin in the United States

June 13, 2013

NYC anti-toxin horse, Old Faithful. From Park, 1929.I’ve previously written about an early use of diphtheria anti-toxin in the United States, on October 16, 1894. A pair of young Cincinnati physicians managed to find some anti-toxin in the possession of a local doctor who had brought it back from Europe.

Please, Nurse, May I Have Some Plague Vaccine?

March 11, 2013

Hicks Vaccination Record, The College of Physicians of PhiladelphiaToday's blog post is by Robert D. Hicks, PhD, Director, Mütter Museum/Historical Medical Library

Animal Vaccination Scene 1872

December 13, 2012

Charles F. Guillou, 1872. The Historical Medical Library of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia.We came across this sketch of smallpox vaccine production in the Historical Medical Library’s collection of materials from Charles F. Guillou (1813-1899).

Epidemiologist Benjamin Franklin

May 2, 2012

Benjamin Franklin, The College of Physicians of PhiladelphiaWhat do you think about when someone mentions Benjamin Franklin? Do you think of the statesman, the inventor, the man with the kite in the thunderstorm, or the first Postmaster General?

Spanish Influenza Pandemic and Vaccines

December 5, 2011

Philadelphia Naval Aircraft Factory. US Naval Historical CenterIt’s National Influenza Vaccination Week, and we’re taking a look back to 1918, the time of the “Spanish” influenza pandemic. When the illness emerged, several useful vaccines had already been developed: smallpox, typhoid fever, and rabies, for example.