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Often these medical advances have truly changed the world. When Edward Jenner developed the concept of vaccination, and with it the cure for smallpox, he found a way to defeat a disease that had affected half a billion people — more than all those affected by wars and other epidemics combined. And while the Black Death still lingers in pockets around the world, it no longer threatens to destroy entire civilisations as it once did.
Smallpox, Syphilis and Salvation uncovers the compelling stories of the men and women, innovations and accidents that have led to diseases from polio to syphilis, diphtheria to diabetes, tetanus to leukaemia no longer being the death sentences they once were. It also sounds a note of warning — for some of these diseases are fighting back. It is estimated that tuberculosis now claims one life every fifteen seconds, while new ‘superbugs’ are resistant to penicillin and other antibiotics. Diseases may once again threaten to crush the world’s population, either in the form of biological warfare or simply because they want to survive as much as we do …
Sheryl Persson is a writer and educator whose articles, stories and poems have been published in journals and anthologies in the United States, England, Australia and New Zealand. Science and technology is a particular area of interest, with some of Sheryl’s previous writing covering subjects as diverse as Australian megafauna, genetics and stem cell research.