Originally published 02/17/2016
Was his smallpox experiment really unethical?
Originally published 03/17/2015
Anti-Vaxxers are upset with mandatory Measles vaccinations. But mandatory vaccinations have a long history in the United States.
Originally published 02/08/2015
The anti-vaccine movement today is not solely a religious in character, but much of its rhetoric is identical to theological arguments made against inoculation more than three hundred years ago.
Originally published 10/27/2014
The word quarantine -- French for forty days -- dates to the middle ages.
Originally published 10/29/2013
The Nobel Prize-winning immunologist has just published "Pandemics: What Everyone Needs to Know."
Originally published 05/24/2016
Our most eloquent revolutionary, Thomas Paine, was a “forerunner of modern social insurance”, as the Social Security Administration calls him. In 1796, he advocated a 10% tax on the inheritance of property to create a fund which would pay a yearly pension to everyone over 50, “to enable them to live in Old Age without Wretchedness, and go decently out of the World.”
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