Angel of Death is a lively and powerful account of our battle against smallpox, the only disease that mankind has successfully eradicated from the planet. By weaving previously unrecorded voices in with the personal experiences of colourful historical figures such as Lady Mary Wortley Montagu and Edward Jenner, Gareth Williams brings alive one of the most exciting success stories in the history of medicine. His book also gives original and engaging insights into the anti-vaccination campaigns which remain active today, and into the many unlearned lessons of smallpox. Angel of Death will appeal to all those moved by the excitement of discovery and stories of people fighting against adversity, and to anyone interested in history or medicine.
Table of Contents
PART I:THE ANGEL OF DEATH RULES SUPREME
Know the Enemy
Of Man and Angel
PART II: VARIOLATION: FIGHTING FIRE WITH FIRE
First Steps in the Right Direction
The Ambassador’s Ingenious Lady
Passion and Fashion
The greatest Improvement?
PART III: VACCINATION: THE MOST BEAUTIFUL DISCOVERY
Everyday Tales of Country Folk
The Disinterested Divulger of a Salutary Blessing
Crusaders and Infidels
PART IV: THE TWO-HUNDRED YEAR WAR
An Affront to the Rights of Man
More Fatal than Smallpox
Greatest Benefit or Disastrous Illusion?
PART V: THE FINAL CENTURY OF SMALLPOX?
Lest we Forget
Death Throes of a Clinical Curiosity
Legacy of an Angel