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From: Patti Hobbs <>
Subject: Re: [TGF] Social Commentary from beyond the grave
Date: Mon, 24 May 2010 19:19:54 -0500
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I guess I just don't want to drop this thread yet.:-) I think people very
much knew how dangerous smallpox was. And even though I gave those
statistics from the book which showed that 15% died who got the disease vs
2% who got the innoculation, to get one is beyond one's control, but to get
the other (the innoculation) is a conscious decision. We can't just compare
those two rates and directly compare them because we don't know how many of
those who got innoculated would have gotten the disease or not. I don't know
how widespread the knowledge was about those statistical rates. They didn't
have TV or the Internet.:-)

You know that you will get the disease if you get innoculated; whereas, you
may not catch smallpox at all -- especially if you do things to avoid
contact. I think I can relate to the difficulty in making the decision. Even
given the facts and assuming their correctness, how many of us still don't
do what we should do or do what we shouldn't do?

I knew someone whose life was saved in a car accident because he/she wasn't
wearing a seat belt. How many people do you know that make decisions based
on the anecdotal evidence of those around them? I do (know people) and I do
(make decisions based on the experiences of those I trust).

Statistical evidence and everyday reality don't always correspond.


On Sun, May 23, 2010 at 5:52 PM, <> wrote:

> Melissa, Michael and all:
> This is an eye opener for me, as I had no idea that innoculations for
> small
> pox had begun that early. I am a Baby Boomer who still wears the scar as
> a
> result of my innoculation.
> But as for the commentary by the viccar... I can only think that if there
> was a cost involved to get the innoculation, perhaps these people he was
> commenting on we too poor, or perhaps not educated enough to know how
> dangerous small pox was.
> Which brings me to my own mother. When she was a child, she said tended
> to
> bring home diseases from school and then the family would get sick. She
> was
> sick with small pox and her father nearly died of it. Her mother [my
> grandmother] said that their house was quarantined and people would
> deliver
> things and leave them on the porch, but no one could collect the money
> for
> the groceries until the quarantine was over. As difficult as their
> financial circumstances were in the 1920s and 1930s, it is no wonder they
> didn't get innoculated. Though hard workers, they were quite poor and
> concerned themselves with bare necessities.
> Just my thoughts...
> Has anyone heard of "spotted fever"? Not to be confused with Rocky
> Mountain
> Spotted fever. A doctor once told me this was a former name for small
> pox.
> Anyone know for sure?
> Cheryl Proctor
> Old Capitol Research Genealogical and Historical Services
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