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The Speckled Monster: A Historical Tale of Battling Smallpox

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.328.7433.233-a (Published 22 January 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:233
  1. Jo Ann Rosenfeld, assistant professor (jrosenfe@jhmi.edu)
  1. Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland, United States

    Today we can hardly imagine the devastation wrought by smallpox. Not only was it a dreadful personal torment, entailing days or weeks of suffering a painful, odorous hell before death, it was also a community and familial catastrophe, killing hundreds and sparing few. Jennifer Lee Carrell conveys the immensity of the smallpox pestilence, the scarring, destruction, and death that we have been spared through the works of the men and women she chronicles.


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    Jennifer Lee Carrell Dutton, $25.95, pp 496 ISBN 0 52 594736 1http://www.speckledmonster.com/

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