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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
"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,  Read more...

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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Hopkins, Donald R.
Greatest killer.
Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, 2002
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Donald R Hopkins
ISBN: 9780226351667 0226351661 9780226351681 0226351688
OCLC Number: 49305765
Notes: Originally published as Princes and peasants : smallpox in history / Donald R. Hopkins ; with a foreword by George I. Lythcott. 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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In "The greatest killer" Donald R. Hopkins provides a historical account of smallpox beginning with its origins 10,000 years ago in Africa or Asia and tracing its spread through the ancient and  Read more...


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"This book tells the terrible history of smallpox, a saga that has new relevance given the awful possibility that someone might unleash the disease once again. It is a superb book." - former Read more...

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