October 15, 2021
A 1901 smallpox epidemic, a charismatic quack, and the rise of anti-vax propaganda in Boston
An aggressive smallpox vaccination campaign had nearly contained the outbreak. Then Immanuel Pfeiffer came along.
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Lavish robes. Gilded scepters. Diamond-festooned crowns. With all that ornamentation at the coronation of King Charles III, you might expect the monarch to be taking in the ceremony from a plush throne fit for a…