Smallpox: The Death of a Disease

Monday, July 20, 2009

Dr. D. A. Henderson tells his personal story of leading the World Health Organization's campaign to eradicate smallpox, which has been called one of the greatest scientific and humanitarian feats of the twentieth century. The disease that killed over two million people per year was eliminated in just over ten years, and the last known case of smallpox occurred in 1976. Smallpox: The Death of a Disease is an account of the disease and the efforts to eradicate it.

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gregb from NJ

wouldn't a militarized smallpox virus be changed so our vaccines would be ineffective?

The smallpox eradication program, though, does not have a single public face (like Jonas Salk) but deserves a Noble Prize..

Jul. 20 2009 12:42 PM
Ron Bashford from NYC

The lyrics for the school song for Amherst College say tongue-in-cheek of Lord Jeffrey Amherst, "Oh, Lord Jeffrey Amherst was a soldier of the king/ And he cam from across the sea/To the Frenchmen and the Indians he didn't do a thing/In the wilds of this wild country..."

Jul. 20 2009 12:21 PM

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