History of Vaccines Blog
Epidemiologist Benjamin Franklin
What 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
It’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.
Spurious Vaccination in the Civil War
Robert D. Hicks, PhD, Director, Mütter Museum/Historical Medical Library, The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, contributes today’s blog post. In preparation for an exhibit on Civil War Medicine at the Mütter Museum in 2012, Dr. Hicks has been researching, among other topics, the occurrence of spurious vaccination in the Civil War.
Early Uses of Diphtheria Antitoxin in the United States
In honor of National Immunization Awareness Month, we look at one of the diseases that immunization has nearly eliminated in the United States…
1879 Surgical Catalog: Mail-Order Smallpox Vaccine
Guest post by Robert D. Hicks, Ph.D.
Director, Mütter Museum & Historical Medical Library
William Maul Measey Chair for the History of Medicine
Calling the Shots: NOVA Documentary
Tonight be sure to watch or record "Vaccines: Calling the Shots," the latest installment of NOVA on PBS. This documentary looks at parental attitudes toward vaccination and their influences on disease spread. Check your local listings -- here in the Philadelphia area it's scheduled for 10 pm, but in other areas it's scheduled at 9 pm Eastern.
A Scab Story
Today'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
Today's blog post is by College Librarian Beth Lander, MLS