The Greatest Killer: Smallpox in History / Edition 1

The Greatest Killer: Smallpox in History / Edition 1

by Donald R. Hopkins
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0226351688

ISBN-13: 9780226351681

Pub. Date: 09/15/2002

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

Once known as the "great fire" or "spotted death," smallpox has been rivaled only by plague as a source of supreme terror. Although naturally occurring smallpox was eradicated in 1977, recent terrorist attacks in the United States have raised the possibility that someone might craft a deadly biological weapon from stocks of the virus that remain in known or perhaps

Overview

Once known as the "great fire" or "spotted death," smallpox has been rivaled only by plague as a source of supreme terror. Although naturally occurring smallpox was eradicated in 1977, recent terrorist attacks in the United States have raised the possibility that someone might craft a deadly biological weapon from stocks of the virus that remain in known or perhaps unknown laboratories.

In The Greatest Killer, Donald R. Hopkins provides a fascinating account of smallpox and its role in human history. Starting with its origins 10,000 years ago in Africa or Asia, Hopkins follows the disease through the ancient and modern worlds, showing how smallpox removed or temporarily incapacitated heads of state, halted or exacerbated wars, and devastated populations that had never been exposed to the disease. In Hopkins's history, smallpox was one of the most dangerous—and influential—factors that shaped the course of world events.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226351681
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
09/15/2002
Edition description:
1
Pages:
398
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Illustrationsix
Introduction--January 2002xi
Prefacexiii
Acknowledgmentsxvii
1Variola Rex1
2The Most Terrible of All the Ministers of Death22
3Heavenly Flowers103
4Kiss of the Goddess139
5The Spotted Death164
6The Great Fire204
7A Destroying Angel234
8Erythrotherapy and Eradication295
Chronology311
Notes319
Bibliographical Note325
References329
Index362

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