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House on fire : the fight to eradicate smallpox

Author: William H Foege; Milbank Memorial Fund.
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press ; New York : Milbank Memorial Fund, ©2011.
Series: California/Milbank books on health and the public, 21.
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"A story of courage and risk-taking, House on Fire tells how smallpox, a disease that killed, blinded, and scarred millions over centuries of human history, was completely eradicated in a spectacular triumph of medicine and public health. Part autobiography, part mystery, the story is told by a man who was one of the architects of a radical vaccination scheme that became a key strategy in ending the horrible disease  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Autobiography
Biography
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Foege, William H., 1936-
House on fire.
Berkeley : University of California Press ; New York : Milbank Memorial Fund, ©2011
(DLC) 2010041703
(OCoLC)667592570
Named Person: William H Foege
Material Type: Document, Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: William H Foege; Milbank Memorial Fund.
ISBN: 9780520948891 0520948890
OCLC Number: 712769678
Description: 1 online resource (xxi, 218 pages) : illustrations, maps.
Contents: A loathsome disease --
A succession of mentors --
Practicing public health in Nigeria --
Fire line around a virus --
Extinguishing smallpox in a time of war --
Under the rule of variola --
Unwarranted optimism --
A gorgeous coalition --
Rising numbers, refining strategy --
Water on a burning house --
Smallpox zero.
Series Title: California/Milbank books on health and the public, 21.
Responsibility: William H. Foege.

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Tells how smallpox, a disease that killed, blinded, and scarred millions over centuries of human history, was completely eradicated in a spectacular triumph of medicine and public health.  Read more...

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