An Interactive Annotated World Bibliography of Printed and Digital Works in the History of Medicine and the Life Sciences from Circa 2000 BCE to 2022 by Fielding H. Garrison (1870-1935), Leslie T. Morton (1907-2004), and Jeremy M. Norman (1945- ) Traditionally Known as “Garrison-Morton”

15961 entries, 13944 authors and 1935 subjects. Updated: April 29, 2024

HENDERSON, Donald Ainslie

3 entries
  • 14127

The eradication of smallpox.

Scientific American, 235, 25-33, 1976.

Henderson's paper in the October 1976 issue of Scientific American was one of the first published announcements of the completion of the eradication of smallpox. Illustrating the iconic photograph of a mother holding an infected child in her arms, Henderson wrote: “The three year old girl recovering from smallpox was the last known victim in Bangladesh and thus the world’s last known case of the more virulent form of the disease, variola major." He added,  "The patient, three year old Rahima Banu, was the world’s last known case of the severe form of smallpox, variola major. After that 12,000 health workers supervised by nearly 100 epidemiologists repeatedly searched Bangladesh house by house. They found no cases, and it is unlikely that any more will be discovered, but surveillance will continue for two years."

(Thanks to Juan Weiss for this reference and its interpretation.)

Subjects: INFECTIOUS DISEASE › Smallpox
  • 7549

Smallpox and its eradication.

Geneva: World Health Organization, 1988.

The definitive archival history in 1460 pages. In 2016 a PDF of this entire book could be downloaded from the W.H.O. at this link.

Subjects: Global Health, INFECTIOUS DISEASE › Smallpox › History of Smallpox, PUBLIC HEALTH › History of Public Health, VIROLOGY › History of Virology, VIROLOGY › VIRUSES (by Family) › Variola and Vaccinia
  • 7548

Smallpox--the death of a disease: The inside story of eradicating a worldwide killer.

Amherst, NY: Prometheus Books, 2009.

Subjects: INFECTIOUS DISEASE › Smallpox › History of Smallpox, VIROLOGY › History of Virology