History of Vaccines Blog


Video: "A Very Short History of Vaccines in America," from PBS

March 10, 2019

Frontline from PBS published a short video on YouTube about the history of mass immunization in the United States. General George Washington ordered his troops to be inoculated against smallpox, even forcing some of them to get the inoculation (variolation). This assured that the Continental Army would remain smallpox-free at a time when the disease was causing a lot of disease and death, and leading to the defeat of the British troops during the War for Independence.

All Things Old Become New Again

February 26, 2019

The Historical Medical Library of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia has some fantastic historical artifacts. In the Scrapbook of Anti-Vaccinations Clippings, you can find the following card from the Anti-Vaccination Society of America:

The 1918-19 Spanish Influenza Pandemic and Vaccine Development

September 26, 2018

Clipping from Newark Evening News, 1918
Newark Evening News, 1918

Finding the Flu: Crisis and Documentation

September 19, 2018

Street view of Liberty Loan parade
Liberty Loan Parade, Philadelphia, September 28, 1918

Today's blog post is by College of Physicians of Philadelphia Librarian Beth Lander.

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

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 Physician's Duty: Serving in Pestilence and in War

July 14, 2014

Plaque at The College of Physicians of PhiladelphiaToday's blog post is by College Librarian Beth Lander, MLS

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.