History of Vaccines Blog

Cholera in Mozambique in the Wake of Cyclone Adai

April 4, 2019

During the month of March, 2019, the southern hemisphere experienced one of its worst tropical storms in recorded history.

Vaccine-Related Medals in the Mütter Collection

August 8, 2017

Today's blog post is by Mütter Museum and History of Vaccines intern Carley Roche.

The Mütter Museum of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia has a vast collection of medals, pins, and ribbons representing some of the most significant events and people in medical history. Recently I have had the opportunity to reorganize and rehouse this collection. This project has allowed me to closely inspect each item in this particular collection. Below are a few medals representing some of the most influential moments and players in the history of vaccines.

Cholera Specimen Reveals Its Genetic Secrets

January 9, 2014

Intestine sample, courtesy McMaster UniversityThe building is abuzz today after the online publication in the New England Journal of Medicine of a paper (full text available) analyzing a Mütter Museum specimen.

American Presidents and Infectious Diseases

July 3, 2013

Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and MuseumWe've expanded and updated a popular post from 2012 by History of Vaccines former intern Alexandra Linn. 

Please, Nurse, May I Have Some Plague Vaccine?

March 11, 2013

Hicks Vaccination Record, The College of Physicians of PhiladelphiaToday's blog post is by Robert D. Hicks, PhD, Director, Mütter Museum/Historical Medical Library

Cholera Vaccination in Haiti

May 12, 2012

Cholera is one of those diseases that you really don’t want to get. It begins like any other intestinal illness, with abdominal cramps, nausea, and vomiting. Suddenly, a very profuse, watery diarrhea develops. So much water leaves the body through the diarrhea that the person’s mouth becomes dry. He stops urinating because he has no fluid left.

Cholera Outbreak in Haiti May Reach Almost Double Predicted Cases

March 16, 2011

Dr. Jaime Ferrán Inoculating for Cholera in Spain, 1885. Image courtesy National Library of Medicine.In October 2010, cholera broke out in Haiti for the first time in decades, devastating the country while it was still recovering from the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that killed hundreds of thousands and left millions homeless just nine months earlier.