The Story of the Smallpox Vaccines and Its Lessons for Today

Stuart Whatley

Pox: An American History, by Michael Willrich (New York: Penguin Press, 2011, ISBN 9781594202865) 400 pp. Cloth, $27.95. During the first years of the twentieth century, smallpox, that most feared of scourges, became known as the “fool killer.” One simply had no excuse for catching it anymore. Any physician worth his salt knew the clinical …

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