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Hardback:The empress and the English doctor : how Catherine the Great defied a deadly virus / Lucy Ward.:2022 The empress and the English doctor : how Catherine the Great defied a deadly virus / Lucy Ward.
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Author: Ward, Lucy,
Publication year: 2022
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Classification: 947.0630922
Publisher: London : Oneworld, 2022.
ISBN: 9780861542451 (hbk.) : 20.00 10.99
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In the 18th century, as smallpox swept Europe, the first rumours emerged of an effective treatment: a mysterious method called inoculation. But a key problem remained: convincing people to accept the preventative remedy, the forerunner of vaccination. Arguments raged over risks and benefits, and public resistance ran high. With her empire ravaged by disease, Catherine the Great took the momentous decision to summon the Quaker physician Thomas Dimsdale to carry out a secret mission that would transform both their lives. Lucy Ward expertly unveils the extraordinary story of Enlightenment ideals, female leadership and the fight to promote science over superstition.
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