The Speckled Monster (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Jan 27, 2004 - Medical - 504 pages
24 Reviews
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.


  

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User Review  - Melissa - Goodreads

Well-written and well-researched fictional account of the beginning of small pox inoculations that reads like non-fiction. Many readers may be turned off by the detailed descriptions of the various ... Read full review

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User Review  - Leslie - Goodreads

For a book on a terrible disease, this was a triumphant book! So readable and fascinating. Carrell has to be a great storyteller to make the story of the development of the inoculation for smallpox a ... Read full review

Contents

Titles
Introduction
Three Rebellions
A Destroying Angel
Bidding the World Adieu
My Dear Little Son
Rosebuds in Lily Skin
Zabdiel and Jerusha
Just Retribution
In Royal Fashion
Meetings and Partings
Introduction
Two Marys
A Destroying Angel
Bidding the World Adieu
My Dear Little Son

Curiosities of the Smallpox
The Beauty of the Sea
Caging the Monster
Demonic Wings
Fathers and Sons
Salutation Alley
Prying Multitudes
An Infusion of Malignant Filth
The Castle of Misery
Signs and Wonders
Newgate
An Hour of Mourning
The Kings Pardon
Raw Head and Bloody Bones
Zabdiel and Jerusha
The Beauty of the Sea
Demonic Wings
Fathers and Sons
Salutation Alley
An Infusion of Malignant Filth
Signs and Wonders
Newgate
The Kings Pardon
Just Retribution
In Royal Fashion
Meetings and Partings
The Practice
Copyright

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About the author (2004)

Jennifer Lee Carrell holds a Ph.D. in English and American literature from Harvard University and is the author of The Speckled Monster: A Historical Tale of Battling Smallpox. In addition to writing for Smithsonian magazine, Carrell has taught in the history and literature program at Harvard and has directed Shakespeare for Harvardís Hyperion Theatre Company. She lives in Tucson, Arizona.

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