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The Speckled Monster
The Speckled Monster: A Historical Tale of Battling Smallpox | Jennifer Lee Carrell
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A timely book about history's first desperate efforts to conquer smallpox, "The Speckled Monster" tells the dramatic story of two parents who dared to fight back. After barely surviving the agony of smallpox themselves, they flouted 18th-century medicine by borrowing folk knowledge from African slaves and Eastern women in frantic bids to protect their children.
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Excellent narrative nonfiction that covers the introduction of inoculation into London and Boston in the 1720s. Carrell follows two people—Lady Mary Worley Montagu in London and Dr Zabdiel Boylston in Boston—both survivors of bad cases of smallpox, both worried parents, both intense record keepers. Those records—letters, notes, case records—as well as official government minutes, newspapers, and the records of others—are fabulous sources.

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#TBRTuesday. You know you are having issues when books that look good and you want to add to your TBR list are already on it. After I get done with the Lovecraft stories I'm working on Frank Belknap Long is next. #scaretober.