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The Art of Smallpox

Story by Salma Warshanna-Sparklin • Photography by Chris Hartlove

Vivid snippets of smallpox history are revealed in a new exhibit of the Institute of the History of Medicine at Johns Hopkins University. The exhibit, which runs until March 1 in the Welch Medical Library, includes artwork and artifacts collected by Dean Emeritus D.A. Henderson, MD, MPH ’60, who led the global smallpox eradication campaign, as well as medical books and etched satires that Henry Barton Jacobs, MD, safeguarded decades earlier. “We’re effectively looking at the beginning of vaccination to the end of the disease,” Henderson told those gathered for the exhibit’s December 10 opening.

Courtesy of the Institute of the History of Medicine, The Johns Hopkins University and D.A. Henderson. Photographs were taken in the Jacobs Room, located in the Institute.

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