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      June 10, 2020

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      Allentown, Pennsylvania

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      Vaccination Pure and Spurious: The Confederate Vaccination Crisis of the Civil War

      The coronavirus pandemic has stimulated public interest in the worst pandemic in history, the influenza of 1918. United States history, however, has been shaped by epidemics and pandemics since the nation was founded. During the most important national crisis, the Civil War (1861-65), the Confederate southern states experienced several smallpox epidemics, blaming the disease on the Union northern states. Confederate doctors responded by vaccinating soldiers but then discovered that some vaccinations were ineffective (“spurious”) and inadvertently spread other diseases, particularly syphilis.

      In an illustrated presentation, former director of the Mütter Museum of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, Robert D. Hicks, PhD, shows how the Confederacy managed smallpox with few reliable vaccine sources and tried to solve the numerous spurious cases.

       

      Learn more: https://muttr.org/civil-war-vaccination

      Cost: Free

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