Vaccination campaigns have always, eventually, succeeded.
Between 1920 and 2020, the average human life span doubled. How did we do it? Science mattered — but so did activism.
The site where Dr. Jenner first inoculated people against smallpox has struggled in the coronavirus lockdowns, one of hundreds of museums in Britain teetering amid the closures.
Don Brown’s “A Shot in the Arm!” — Book 3 in his Big Ideas That Changed the World series — couldn’t be more timely.
An oily, 100-nanometer-wide bubble of genes has killed more than two million people and reshaped the world. Scientists don’t quite know what to make of it.
The era of the Antonine Plague offers a reminder of what a powerful force nature has been throughout human history.
As governments begin rolling out the biggest vaccine drives in history, a look at mass vaccination campaigns of the past offers insight into mistakes.
The DTP vaccine teaches us about how brilliant vaccine technology can be, but also how it can be studied and improved over time.
A convenient spot was never easy to find, but an increase in car ownership and a decrease in available spaces have some drivers desperate.
When a single case of smallpox arrived in Manhattan in 1947, a severe outbreak was possible. A decisive civil servant made a bold decision.
With vaccines and a new administration, the pandemic will be tamed. But experts say the coming months “are going to be just horrible.”
Despite the crises of 2020, parents can realistically expect that children born today will outlive them. That wasn’t always the case.
How Hong Kong’s food culture has adapted to epidemic after epidemic, fending off disease while saving its favorite dishes, and its soul.
An extinct version of the smallpox virus dating to 1,400 years ago prompts speculation about viruses becoming more lethal over time.
An infectious outbreak can conclude in more ways than one, historians say. But for whom does it end, and who gets to decide?
Two books remind us of other times when humankind suffered from mass contagions.
Should we take it?
What does it mean for science — and public health — that scientific journals are now publishing research at warp speed?