The Life and Death of Smallpox.THE LIFE AND DEATH OF SMALLPOX
By Ian & Jennifer Glynn
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No other disease has had such a long, dramatic and terrible history as smallpox. It is the first, and so far the only, infectious disease Infectious disease
A pathological condition spread among biological species. Infectious diseases, although varied in their effects, are always associated with viruses, bacteria, fungi, protozoa, multicellular parasites and aberrant proteins known as prions. to be totally eradicated. But the scourge may well come back in biological warfare, particularly as a weapon for terrorists.
From ancient Egypt, India and China, smallpox spread around the world. It defeated armies, relieved sieges, killed emperors, played havoc with dynasties, helped establish Buddhism in Japan The history of Buddhism in Japan can be roughly divided into three periods, namely the Nara period (up to 784), the Heian period (794–1185) and the post-Heian period (1185 onwards). Each period saw the introduction of new doctrines and upheavals in existing schools. , and, at about the time of the Prophet Muhammed's birth, stopped Christian Abyssinians from capturing a still pagan Mecca. This book tells us that Mozart, Voltaire, England's Queen Elizabeth I, and Abraham Lincoln all had smallpox but survived the disease. But many millions did not--the scourge of smallpox affecting rich and poor alike, killing many and disfiguring the rest.
Edward Jenner's breakthrough in 1796 started the slow and often controversial process of controlling the virus. His brilliant experiments in vaccinating with cowpox cowpox, infectious disease of cows caused by a virus related to the virus of smallpox. Also called variola, it is characterized by pustular lesions on the teats and udder. brought hope--not just in saving lives but of eventually wiping out the disease.
The practice of vaccinating against smallpox spread around the world with astonishing a·ston·ish
tr.v. as·ton·ished, as·ton·ish·ing, as·ton·ish·es
To fill with sudden wonder or amazement. See Synonyms at surprise. speed, and in 1979 smallpox became the first ever infectious disease to be eradicated--a magnificent and so far unique scientific and political achievement. But today its possible use as a biological warfare agent presents a major threat. There remains no effective cure for smallpox.
This book tells the fascinating and frightening story of this terrifying ter·ri·fy
tr.v. ter·ri·fied, ter·ri·fy·ing, ter·ri·fies
1. To fill with terror; make deeply afraid. See Synonyms at frighten.
2. To menace or threaten; intimidate. disease, from the postules on the mummy of Ramses V of Egypt, to current anxieties, in a brilliant mixture of history, science and politics.