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Pox

An American History
Willrich, Michael (Book - 2011 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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Chronicles how America's Progressive Era war on smallpox sparked one of the twentieth century's leading civil liberties battles, describing the views and tactics of anti-vaccine advocates who feared an increasingly large government.
Authors: Willrich, Michael
Title: Pox
an American history
Published: New York : Penguin Press, 2011.
Characteristics: 422 p. :,ill. ;,25 cm.
Contents: Beginnings
The mild type
Wherever Wertenbaker went
War is health
The stable and the laboratory
The politics of tight spaces
The antivaccinationists
Speaking law to power.
Summary: Chronicles how America's Progressive Era war on smallpox sparked one of the twentieth century's leading civil liberties battles, describing the views and tactics of anti-vaccine advocates who feared an increasingly large government.
Local Note: 1
ISBN: 1594202869
9781594202865
Branch Call Number: 614.521 WIL
Statement of Responsibility: Michael Willrich
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Subject Headings: Epidemics United States 20th century History. Epidemics United States 19th century History. Smallpox United States History. Smallpox United States Epidemiology.
Topical Term: Epidemics
Epidemics
Smallpox
Smallpox
LCCN: 2010034544
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Dec 17, 2012
  • cfrost rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I heard this book reviewed on NPR following the book festival. It is wonderful! It narrates smallpox while intertwined with civil liberties, drug regulation, american imperialism, and medical sciences.
It's an extremely engaging read. Willrich leads readers through the jim crow south, the northeast citiies and tenements, and rural midwest between ventures to PR and the Philippians.

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