History of Vaccines Blog
Pilgrimage to the Temple of Vaccinia
Editor's Note: The following blog was written by Robert D. Hicks, PhD, Director, Mütter Museum and Historical Medical Library, William Maul Measey Chair for the History of Medicine, and Anna Dhody, MFS, Curator, Mütter Museum, Director, Mütter Research Institute and Gretchen Worden Chair, College of Physicians of Philadelphia.
Video: "A Very Short History of Vaccines in America," from PBS
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.
Black History Month: Onesimus Spreads Wisdom That Saves Lives of Bostonians During a Smallpox Epidemic
In the early 1700s, about a century before Edward Jenner conceived the idea of a smallpox vaccine based on the cowpox virus, smallpox was going through New England and other American Colonies. In Massachusetts, colonists there saw smallpox arrive with cargo ships to Boston over and over again. There was not much the authorities could do beyond imposing quarantines and treating the sick.
April 3 Lecture on 300 Years of Immunization Advocacy
A Scab Story Bites Back
Today's blog post is by Robert D. Hicks and Anna N. Dhody
Lora Little: The Vaccine Liberator
Today's blog post is by History of Vaccines intern Carley Roche.
Spurious Vaccination in the Civil War: December 13 Talk
Join us December 13 at 6:30pm for an illustrated talk about smallpox vaccination in the American Civil War.
Death, The Vaccinator
Today's blog post is by Carley Roche, History of Vaccines intern
D. A. Henderson, 1928-2016
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.