I’ll be taking The Pox Hunter on the road for the next two weeks, as part of a presentation commemorating the 300th anniversary of Lady Mary Wortley Montagu’s famous letter describing smallpox inoculation in Constantinople. Here’s where you can find me:
Lady Mary’s Legacy: Vaccine Advocacy from The Turkish Embassy Letters to Video Games.
- Cleveland Humanities Festival, Thursday, March 30, 2017, 6:00pm, Ford Auditorium, Allen Memorial Medical Library, Dittrick Medical History Center
- The Kate Hurd Mead Lecture sponsored by the History of Medicine Section and Drexel University, Monday, April 3, 2017, 6:30 pm, College of Physicians of Philadelphia
- History of Medicine and Health, Thursday, April 6, 2017, 6 pm, New York Academy of Medicine
My talk will explore the colorful and controversial history of vaccine advocacy, the most successful public health measure its beneficiaries love to hate. And it will feature a new interactive demo of The Pox Hunter: A Digital Game for the History of Medicine, proud to be funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Can’t get enough of vaccination history? Here are some resources to explore:
- Lady Mary Wortley Montagu’s Letters, edited by Professor Jack Lynch, Rutgers University
- History of Vaccines, An Educational Resource of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia
- Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Radio Address for the Fifth Birthday Ball for Crippled Children, 1938
- Mary Guinan, Adventures of a Female Medical Detective in Pursuit of Smallpox and AIDS. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2016.
For even more history, look in your local library for Lisa Rosner, Vaccination and Its Critics: A Documentary and Reference Guide. Santa Barbara: Greenwood, 2017.
For an example of how vaccination history enhances our understanding of current medical decision making, download the Introduction to Vaccination and Its Critics.
And please support the National Endowment for the Humanities! The NEH costs less than the price of a postage stamp for every American — and its value? Priceless. Visit these websites to take action:
Read Robert Rath’s article in Waypoint on why the video game community should support the NEH and NEA. For the visually-inclined, explore MuseumHack’s graphic, via Katherine Brooks in the Huffington Post.
Help The Pox Hunter keep moving! Please donate to The Pox Hunter of Culture Trust Greater Philadelphia.