By Gareth Williams
The tale of the increase and fall of smallpox, essentially the most savage killers within the historical past of mankind, and the single disorder ever to be effectively exterminated (30 years in the past subsequent yr) by means of a public overall healthiness crusade. Proceeds from the sale of this ebook will to to help the Edward Jenner Museum in Berkeley, united kingdom (visit www.jennermuseum.com).
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30 This was well known to Chinese physicians who, for reasons that will be explained, stored smallpox scabs in stoppered porcelain flasks for many months. Bales of cotton contaminated during an epidemic in Alexandria caused an outbreak when they were opened in a mill near Manchester several months later. Under exceptional conditions, smallpox material has remained infectious for over two years. However, if the Curse of the Mummy had killed off those who desecrated the tomb of Ramses V, smallpox would not have been to blame.
34 Even if Grandfather Smallpox had clung on, this might have been a kinder end than the misery inflicted by the clever doctors in London or Paris. ” Dr. John Thornton Philosophical Magazine, vol. 20, p. 146, 1805 When people met smallpox, they had no idea how it would end: a lucky escape with a few pockmarks, the living hell of mutilating scarring and blindness, or death. And while the victim fought his or her solitary battle with the Angel of Death, their family and friends would be suffering their own agony, waiting in dread to see what would emerge from the sickroom.
The physicians contradicted each other and themselves in a way which sufficiently indicates the state of medical science in that age … At length all doubt was over [and] it was plain that the Queen was sinking under smallpox of the most malignant type … Tenison [the Archbishop of Canterbury] undertook to tell her that she was dying. He was afraid that such a communication abruptly made might agitate her violently, and began with much management. But she soon caught his meaning, and with that meek womanly courage which so often puts our bravery to shame submitted herself to the will of God.
Angel of Death: The Story of Smallpox by Gareth Williams