The Confederate Vaccination Crisis of the Civil War: Vaccination Pure and Spurious

Code: SL51804

Dates: March 10, 2023

Meets: 12 N to 2:00 PM

Sessions: 1

Course Fee: $49.00

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The Confederate states experienced smallpox epidemics during the American Civil War. Doctors responded by vaccinating soldiers but then discovered that some vaccinations were ineffective (“spurious”) and spread other diseases, particularly syphilis. How did the Confederacy manage these epidemics and troublesome vaccinations? Learn of the deliberate infection of children on plantations as a source of vaccine, and allegations of vaccination poisoning in the conflict’s most famous war crimes trial. In a surprising convergence of history and science, a detective story concludes the presentation! Lunch is included.
Fee: $49.00
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Robert Hicks

Robert D. Hicks, Ph.D., has edited a recent book about and including the diary of a physician, Civil War Medicine: A Surgeon’s Experience (University of Indiana Press, 2019). The book includes essays by distinguished Civil War scholars that illuminate the surgeon's (Fulton) experience. No comparable book about the medical Civil War exists for the general reader, despite the huge literature on the Civil War. Dr. Hicks is the Senior Consulting Scholar and William Maul Measey Chair for the History of Medicine (former Director, Mütter Museum/Historical Medical Library), The College of Physicians of Philadelphia Dr. Hicks' career path has included criminal justice, the Navy, and he has worked with museum-based education and exhibits for over three decades, primarily as a consultant to historic sites and museums. He holds a doctorate in maritime history from the University of Exeter, United Kingdom, and degrees in anthropology and archaeology from the University of Arizona.



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