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The Speckled Monster

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The Speckled Monster tells the dramatic story of two parents who dared to fight back against smallpox.  After barely surviving the agony of smallpox themselves, they flouted eighteenth-century medicine by borrowing folk knowledge from African slaves and Eastern women in frantic bids to protect their children.  From their heroic struggles stems 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 London and Boston from the deadliest disease mankind has known.

Book News Annotation:

Carrell, a regular contributor to Smithsonian Magazine, tells the story of Lady Mary Montgau and Dr. Zabdiel Boylston, two iconoclastic figures who flouted 18th-century medicine by borrowing folk knowledge from African slaves and Eastern women in an effort to save their children from smallpox. Their efforts helped give birth to the modern science of immunology. B&w historical illustrations are included. There is no subject index.
Annotation 2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

A timely book about history's first desperate efforts to conquer smallpox, "The Speckled Monster" tells the dramatic story of two parents who dared to fight back. After barely surviving the agony of smallpox themselves, they flouted 18th-century medicine by borrowing folk knowledge from African slaves and Eastern women in frantic bids to protect their children.

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

The Speckled Monster Acknowledgments

Introduction

Part One. London

1. Two Marys

2. Three Rebellions

3. A Destroying Angel

4. Bidding the World Adieu

5. My Dear Little Son

6. Rosebuds in Lily Skin

Part Two. Boston

1. Zabdiel and Jerusha

2. Curiosities of the Smallpox

3. The Beauty of the Sea

4. Caging the Monster

5. Demonic Wings

6. Fathers and Sons

Part Three. Hell Upon Earth

1. Salutation Alley

2. Prying Multitudes

3. An Infusion of Malignant Filth

4. The Castle of Misery

5. Signs and Wonders

6. Newgate

7. An Hour of Mourning

8. The King's Pardon

9. Raw Head and Bloody Bones

10. Just Retribution

11. In Royal Fashion

Aftermath

1. Meetings and Partings

2. The Practice

3. The People

Notes

Abbreviations

Sources

Bibliography

Product Details

ISBN:
9780452285071
Author:
Carrell, Jennifer Lee
Publisher:
Plume Books
Subject:
General
Subject:
History
Subject:
Infectious Diseases
Subject:
Health and Medicine-History of Medicine
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
20040131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
496
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.58 x 1.1 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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