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The greatest killer : smallpox in history, with a new introduction

Author: Donald R Hopkins
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, ©2002.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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(Publisher-supplied data) Once known as the "great fire" or "spotted death," smallpox has been rivaled only by plague as a source of supreme terror. Although naturally occurring smallpox was eradicated in 1977, recent terrorist attacks in the United States have raised the possibility that someone might craft a deadly biological weapon from stocks of the virus that remain in known or perhaps unknown laboratories. In  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Donald R Hopkins
ISBN: 0226351661 9780226351667 0226351688 9780226351681
OCLC Number: 49305765
Notes: Originally published as Princes and peasants, 1983.
Description: xviii, 380 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. Variola rex --
2. The most terrible of all the ministers of death --
3. Heavenly flowers --
4. Kiss of the Goddess --
5. The spotted death --
6. The Great Fire --
7. A destroying angel --
8. Erythrotherapy and eradication.
Other Titles: Princes and peasants
Responsibility: Donald R. Hopkins.
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(Publisher-supplied data) Once known as the "great fire" or "spotted death," smallpox has been rivaled only by plague as a source of supreme terror. Although naturally occurring smallpox was eradicated in 1977, recent terrorist attacks in the United States have raised the possibility that someone might craft a deadly biological weapon from stocks of the virus that remain in known or perhaps unknown laboratories. In The Greatest Killer, Donald R. Hopkins provides a fascinating account of smallpox and its role in human history. Starting with its origins 10,000 years ago in Africa or Asia, Hopkins follows the disease through the ancient and modern worlds, showing how smallpox removed or temporarily incapacitated heads of state, halted or exacerbated wars, and devastated populations that had never been exposed to the disease. In Hopkins's history, smallpox was one of the most dangerous-and influential-factors that shaped the course of world events.

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