A reading report on pox americana by elizabeth a fenn

History of smallpox

There were sections that were very easy and enjoyable to read, while in other portions the prose seemed clunky and overly wordy. He deduced that cowpox was most likely to transfer immunity from smallpox if administered at the eighth day of the disease.

Some of the later chapters became much more dry resulting in the lower rating. The concern may seem farfetched and sensational, but it was not without merit. With the myriad stories of the colonists waging war to the Native Americans running the fur trade, Fenn raises many themes that still resonate today, particularly the use of biological warfare and how the American way of life facilitates the transmission of disease.

If not for variola major, the virus that causes smallpox, the American colonies may have achieved independence from Britain a lot sooner. Willisin a survey of the literature discussed above, endorsed Campbell's argument. During the terrible winter at Valley Forge, General Washington had to decide if and when to attempt the risky inoculation of his troops.

General Howe, they said, had deliberately infected several of the exiles with a design to spread the Small-Pox among the [American] Troops. Scabs from smallpox victims who had the disease in its mild form would be selected, and the powder was kept close to body temperature by means of keeping it close to the chest, killing the majority of the virus and resulting in a more mild case of smallpox.

After learning all he could from Ludlow, Jenner apprenticed with John Hunter in London from — Kirkpatrick also advocated inoculating patients with matter from the sores of another inoculated person, instead of using matter from the sore of a smallpox victim, a procedure that Maitland had been using since During this second half the narrative becomes bogged down in repetitive and overlong accounts of Native Americans and settlers dealing with smallpox during the fur trade.

Warren suggested that Campbell had erred in assuming that high temperatures would have sterilised the British supply of smallpox. Sylvester Kirby Stevens and Donald H.

Pox Americana: The Great Smallpox Epidemic of 1775-82

Her close-focus made for a refreshing change of pace from the other general histories we have read, while simultaneously providing me with much information of which I was previously unaware.

Simultaneously it moved up the Pacific coast and east across the plains as far as Hudson's Bay. Several royal families had themselves variolated by English physicians claiming to be specialists. Chronicles and records of the time left no accurate data on mortality but more recent estimates are that the natives lost 20 to 25 percent of their population.

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