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Smallpox: ‘You can argue that Henderson may of saved more lives than any other single human being in human history’, Hotez states

During a recent Outbreak News This Week interview with Blue Marble Health author, Dr. Peter Hotez, I asked the infectious disease expert for his thoughts on the life and accomplishments of the eradicator of smallpox, D. A. Henderson, who died Aug....

A Short History of Yellow Fever in the US

From 1793 to 1822 yellow fever was one of the most dreaded diseases in the port cities of the United States. Statistically, one can dismiss it as inconsequential in comparison to tuberculosis and smallpox. Yellow fever did not kill that many people, but...

Diphtheria in the 1890s: What health authorities said

Diphtheria is a bacterial infection caused by Corynebacterium diphtheriae, transmitted from person to person through close physical and respiratory contact. It can cause infection of the nasopharynx, which may lead to breathing difficulties and death....
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