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

Location: Creutzburg Center 103

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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Creutzburg Center 103

260 Gulph Creek Road
(in Harford Park)
Radnor, PA 19087
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Robert Hicks

Instructor: Robert D. Hicks, PhD is an independent scholar of the history of science and medicine, former director of the Mütter Museum of Philadelphia, and naval officer. He has worked with museum-based education and exhibits for four decades, primarily as a consultant to historic sites and museums.



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