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Then, in the early fifties, the World Health Organization

Summary: Then, in the early fifties, the
World Health Organization
launched the most ambitious and
expensive international
programme in history to
eradicate smallpox once and for
all. After many vicissitudes and
no little heroism on the part of
the workers sent into remote and
hostile territories, the objective
was accomplished amidst much
jubilation. September of 1977
saw the last recorded case of
naturally transmitted smallpox on
the planet. But the Glynns'
invigorating story ends on a
sombre note: just as smallpox
had been viewed as a weapon
thrust by providence into the
hands of colonialists to


Source: Alvarado, Alejandro Sánchez - Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy, University of Utah


Collections: Biology and Medicine