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The Speckled Monster: A Historical Tale of Battling Smallpox

Carrell, Jennifer Lee

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ISBN 10: 0525947361 / ISBN 13: 9780525947363
Published by New York: Dutton, 2003
Condition: As New Hardcover
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Title: The Speckled Monster: A Historical Tale of ...

Publisher: New York: Dutton

Publication Date: 2003

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: As New

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: First Edition, First Printing.

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A timely book about history's first desperate efforts to conquer the spotted beast of smallpox.

What is it like to be caught in the terror and chaos of a smallpox epidemic when you and those you love are unprotected? What is it like to get smallpox, or to watch your children battle the disease?

The Speckled Monster tells the dramatic story-both historical and timely-of two parents who dared to fight back against the disease. After barely surviving the agony of smallpox themselves, they both flouted eighteenth-century European medical tradition by borrowing folk knowledge from African slaves and eastern women in frantic bids to protect their children. From their heroic struggles stem the modern science of immunology as well as the vaccinations that remain our only hope should the disease ever be unleashed again.

Jennifer Lee Carrell transports readers back to the early eighteenth century to tell the tales of Lady Mary Wortley Montagu and Dr. Zabdiel Boylston: two iconoclastic figures who helped save the cities of London and Boston from the deadliest disease mankind has known.

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Jennifer Lee Carrell holds a Ph.D. in English and American Literature from Harvard University. A writer for Smithsonian magazine, she has taught in the history and literature programs at Harvard.

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