Jul 31, 2021  
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VICT 152 - Smallpox: The Biology and History of a Disease

Semester Offered: Spring
1 unit(s)
(Same as BIOL 152 HIST 152  and STS 152 )  Smallpox was one of the deadliest diseases in history: it killed millions, often leaving survivors scarred or blinded. Its eradication in 1980 also marks one of the great medical victories of the modern era. This course examines smallpox from both biological and historical perspectives.  Students explore the workings of the virus, the effects of the disease, the popularization of inoculation in the eighteenth century, Edward Jenner’s development of the cowpox vaccine and how it protects, and efforts to enforce vaccination globally through some of the earliest state public health initiatives. We also investigate the nineteenth-century origins of the anti-vaccination movement with particular attention to its class, anti-imperial, and religious underpinnings. David Esteban and Lydia Murdoch.  

Two 75-minute periods.

Course Format: CLS

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