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Smallpox Through Time

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11.Epidemic on Camera
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1896

The story of the Gloucester epidemic: a century on from the discovery of the vaccine, smallpox spreads unchecked... (3 mins)

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1. The vaccine controversy
Over the past thirty years, historians have debated... Read more
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2. Resistance to vaccination
From the start, vaccination had its critics... Read more
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3. The persistence of smallpox
Because of widespread resistance to vaccination... Read more
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4. Vaccination vs 'variolation'
Inoculation against smallpox ('variolation') was... Read more
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5. The decline of smallpox in the West
By the early 20th century, smallpox fatalities... Read more

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I seem to have spent a disproportionate slice of my life filming in Gloucester. I used the cathedral crypt for key scenes in a film I made on Thomas Becket. And my old History File series 'Medieval Realms' featured the nave, the cloister, and the exquisite effigy of Edward II.


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This module was filmed on one of the coldest days of this recent perishingly cold winter. I was shivering between takes and Jon's hands were freezing to the camera. For my next film project I'd like to do something warm, please. A history of India sounds appealing...!

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