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It took two centuries to eradicate smallpox even after a vaccine was invented

8 August 2020

9:00 AM

8 August 2020

9:00 AM

The Great Inoculator: The Untold Story of Daniel Sutton and His Medical Revolution Gavin Weightman

Yale, pp.208, 16.99

War Against Smallpox: Edward Jenner and the Global Spread of Vaccination Michael Bennett

CUP, pp.434, 29.99

In supposedly unprecedented times such as ours, there are compelling reasons to turn to the history of medicine. For hope, that epidemics do indeed come to an end; for consolation, that the people of the past suffered even more than us; and for insight into how we could be doing better.

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