On April 1, 1717, Lady Mary Wortley Montagu wrote her famous “Letter to a Friend” from the Turkish Embassy, describing the process of smallpox inoculation. With that letter, she became one of the earliest vaccination advocates, joined over the next three hundred years by celebrities and scientists, pop culture icons and heads of state, patients and game developers. In her talk Lisa Rosner, Distinguished Professor of Historical Studies; Director, Honors Program; Stockton University, will mark the 300th anniversary of Lady Mary Wortley Montagu’s famous letter promoting smallpox inoculation (the disease was being spread by travel, immigration, etc.) She will also update us on progress on her project, The Pox Hunter, a 3D digital game presenting a key issue in the history of medicine: the interaction of disease entity, patient, and healer in the introduction of vaccination as a public health technology.
This event is co-sponsored by the Dittrick Medical History Museum, CWRU and the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities, CWRU.