I’m happy to announce that The College of Physicians is hosting a lecture on April 3, 2017, that will be of great interest to History of Vaccines readers. This lecture, by Stockton University professor and History of Vaccines advisor Lisa Rosner, PhD, marks the 300th anniversary of Lady Mary Wortley Montagu’s well-known letter to an English friend about smallpox inoculation as practiced in Turkey. With her “Letter to a Friend,” she became one of the earliest inoculation advocates, and she would be joined over the next 300 years by the celebrities and scientists, pop culture icons and heads of state, patients and game developers, who advocated for, or criticized, inoculation and vaccination. Rosner’s talk will explore this colorful history of vaccine advocacy from Lady Mary to The Pox Hunter, a digital strategy game Rosner developed set in Benjamin Rush’s Philadelphia.
What: The Kate Hurd-Mead Lecture Lady Mary’s Legacy: Vaccine Advocacy from The Turkish Embassy Letters to Video Games
Who: LISA ROSNER, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Historical Studies; Director, Honors Program; Stockton University
When: Monday, April 3, 2017, 6:30 pm
Light refreshments to follow the program. The Mütter Museum will be open for lecture attendees during the post-lecture reception (7:30PM-8:30PM)
Where: The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, 19 S. 22 Street, Philadelphia PA
How: Register here.
This lecture is sponsored by the College’s Section on Medical History and the Drexel University College of Medicine.
Read an excerpt from Lady Mary’s “Letter to a Friend” in the History of Vaccines smallpox timeline.