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The Speckled Monster: A Historical Tale of Battling Smallpox

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Publisher Comments:

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.

Review:

"[I]ntriguing....Carrell's novelistic treatment of this story...is engaging in spite of an overabundance of fabricated conversations and scenes that slow the action." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"An overlong but informative tale....Carrell inclines toward a too-inclusive use of historical material, resulting in a narrative that runs on far too long....Still, there is much good information here....For those who take their medicine with an air of mayhem." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"The Speckled Monster's lighter style and lack of an index will reduce its value for academic libraries, but its informative and entertaining format makes it a fascinating read for the general public." Library Journal

Synopsis:

A timely book about history's first desperate efforts to conquer the spotted beast of smallpox. The Speckled Monster tells the dramatic story — both historical and timely — of two parents who dared to fight back against the disease.

Synopsis:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [465]-474).

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:
9780525947363
Author:
Carrell, Jennifer Lee
Publisher:
Plume
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
History
Subject:
Infectious Diseases
Subject:
Smallpox
Subject:
Smallpox vaccine.
Subject:
General Health & Fitness
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series Volume:
no. 85
Publication Date:
May 2003
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
496
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.58 x 1.1 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 496 pages Dutton Books - English 9780525947363 Reviews:
"Review" by , "[I]ntriguing....Carrell's novelistic treatment of this story...is engaging in spite of an overabundance of fabricated conversations and scenes that slow the action."
"Review" by , "An overlong but informative tale....Carrell inclines toward a too-inclusive use of historical material, resulting in a narrative that runs on far too long....Still, there is much good information here....For those who take their medicine with an air of mayhem."
"Review" by , "The Speckled Monster's lighter style and lack of an index will reduce its value for academic libraries, but its informative and entertaining format makes it a fascinating read for the general public."
"Synopsis" by , A timely book about history's first desperate efforts to conquer the spotted beast of smallpox. The Speckled Monster tells the dramatic story — both historical and timely — of two parents who dared to fight back against the disease.
"Synopsis" by , Includes bibliographical references (p. [465]-474).
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