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Princes & Peasants: Smallpox in History

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Hardcover, 384 pages
Published October 1st 1983 by University of Chicago Press
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Valerie
One tends to underrate the effects of smallpox on history. The appalling mortality in the Americas (in some places as high as 90%) is mirrored by the smaller-scale, but still devastating, mortality in places like the Austrian court.

This book also details preventive measures, including vaccination, but also including inoculation with weakened virus before vaccination was discovered.

A fascinating story that deserves to be followed up is the story of Spanish orphans who were recruited to act as a s
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Full of facts and figures that put me to sleep. A lot of it was speculation and some of the information was incorrect.
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