History of Vaccines Blog
The Stranger in the Mirror in Bleak House
As I was reading Charles Dickens’s Bleak House, I was interested to find a description of an illness that most likely was smallpox. The incident involves Esther Summerson, the self-sacrificing heroine.
American Presidents and Infectious Diseases
We've expanded and updated a popular post from 2012 by History of Vaccines former intern Alexandra Linn.
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?
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.
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
NFID Annual Conference on Vaccine Research: Focus on Eradication
We’re spending National Infant Immunization Week in Baltimore at the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases Annual Conference on Vaccine Research. It’s three full days of sessions focused on research into existing and new vaccines, as well as research on epidemiologic and public health aspects of infectious diseases and vaccines. One of the main threads at the first day of the conference was disease eradication.