At War Within

At War Within

The Double-edged Sword of Immunity

eBook - 1995
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In the seventeenth century, smallpox reigned as the world's worst killer. Luck, more than anything else, decided who would live and who would die. That is, until Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, an English aristocrat, moved to Constantinople and noticed the Turkish practice of "ingrafting" or inoculation, which, she wrote, made "the small- pox ... entirely harmless." Convinced by what she witnessed, she allowed her six-year-old son to be ingrafted, and the treatment was a complete success--the young Montagu enjoyed lifelong immunity from smallpox. Lady Montagu's discovery would, ho.
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 1995
ISBN: 9780198025306
0198025300
9780195092868
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xi, 276 pages)

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