History of Vaccines Blog


Spurious Vaccination in the Civil War

March 25, 2011

Spurious Vaccination, The College of Physicians of PhiladelphiaRobert 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

August 2, 2010

In honor of National Immunization Awareness Month, we look at one of the diseases that immunization has nearly eliminated in the United States…

Cincinnati Hospital interns, 1894-95. Charles Waugh Reynolds, MD, is seated at the right, and George Joseph Hermann, MD, at the far right. Courtesy GA Hermann, MD

1879 Surgical Catalog: Mail-Order Smallpox Vaccine

July 27, 2010

Guest post by Robert D. Hicks, Ph.D.

Director, Mütter Museum & Historical Medical Library

William Maul Measey Chair for the History of Medicine

Cover of Codman & Shurtleff catalog. Courtesy of The Bakken Library and Museum.

Calling the Shots: NOVA Documentary

September 10, 2014

Dr. Offit and Iron Lung, Independence Mall, 2012Tonight 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

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