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  • Should We Destroy The Smallpox Virus
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    The Scourge of the World Nestled deep in the bowels of the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, Georgia, locked away in a blue and silver freezer lays what remains of humankind's deadliest enemy. Neatly tucked away in a virology institute in Siberia, guarded twenty-four hours a day, lays it's counterpart. No, not a man made weapon of mass destruction; just a natural born killer of man. This insatiable killer is known in the scientific community as the Variola Virus. To the layperson, it is ca...
  • Spaniards Immunity To Smallpox And The Indians
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    The greatest adversary to the natives in the Americas was not the swords or guns of the invaders. It was the devastation brought by deadly diseases infecting an unsuspecting population that had no immunity to such diseases. The Europeans were said to be thoroughly diseased by the time Columbus set sail on his first voyage (Cowley, 1991). Through the domestication of such animals as pigs, horses, sheep, and cattle, the Europeans exposed themselves to a vast array of pathogens which continued to b...
  • Phase Of The Inoculation Process
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    Early one summer morning in the 18th century a father and son sat down to breakfast. Young Marston Hodgin said to his father, "Father dear, I've a bloody awful backache, and my face is a bit flushed". Marston Hodgin Sr. stared at his son in astonishment and horror, "Son, what 'ave you there Those oozy dots on your face give me a bit of a fright. To your bed!" The first known death from smallpox occurred in 1157 BC, when Egyptian pharaoh Ramses V died with no explanation. There was great mystery ...
  • Nature And Symptoms Of Diseases
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    Overview of: 'When Plague Strikes' by James Giblin This book is separated into three main parts the Black Death, smallpox, and aids. This book gives facts of occurring diseases and the diseases from the past. This books content mainly took place in Europe and Asia when it gave facts dates and examples. It explains the nature and symptoms of diseases from long ago. The bubonic Plague mainly affects rodents, but fleas can transmit the disease to people. Once people are infected, they infect others...
  • Biological Weapons
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    The Threat of Biological Warfare and Possible Preventative Measures The events of September 11, 2001, have made the threat of terrorism on our mainland very real. The twin towers were made into rubble that day, along with the lives of the many people touched by the overwhelming loss of life that occurred that day. Now, if that isn't enough to cope with, in creeps the specter of bio-terrorism. Biological weapons are devices intended to deliberately disseminate disease producing organisms or toxin...
  • Cure For Smallpox Disease
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    Edward Jenner " Now James, I need you to try to stay completely still. It may hurt your arm a bit when I make the cuts. It won't take too terribly long, and if you pay close attention it will be done before you know it. Nurse, please hold his arm out towards me. Please be sure that he doesn't move his arm, I don't want there to be any accidents."Those were the last words I heard until the first tests were over. I was in the office of one of the most amazing men I have ever known. His name is Edw...
  • Suffering Of Small Pox Victims
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    Small Pox Small pox, which was once the most feared disease known by mankind started out in the days of Christopher Columbus. The disease set out to change the lives of the people in the worse way. It became known as an epidemic disease that ended up killing hundreds of people. Small pox started out in Hispaniolaand because of no cure, it traveled to the island of Puerto Rico, and then Cuba. It was only a matter of time until it spread to the mainland, somewhere in America. In the Middle Ages, s...
  • Spread Of Disease In The New World
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    "It is often said that in the centuries after Columbus landed in the New World on 12 October, 1492, more native North Americans died each year from infectious diseases brought by the European settlers than were born". (6) The decimation of people indigenous to the Americas by diseases introduced by European invaders is unprecedented. While it is difficult to accurately determine the population of the pre-Columbian Americas, scholars estimate the number to have been between 40 and 50 million peop...
  • Inoculation Of Many People And Mortality Rates
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    The Industrial Revolution of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries saw the advent of gross urbanization of factory towns and cities. Due to advancements in areas such as textiles and machinery, many people flocked from the countrysides of Europe (particularly Britain) to cities where they sought work was factory operators and machinists. To accommodate the tremendous influx of people, cheap and cramped housing was built, with communal wells provided for water. However, as there were few facili...

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