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Benjamin Franklin's fight against a deadly virus: Colonial America was divided over smallpox inoculation, but he championed science to skeptics

By Mark Canada, Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Indiana University Kokomo
Christian Chauret, Dean of School of Sciences, Professor of Microbiology, Indiana University Kokomo
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When Bostonians in 1721 faced a deadly smallpox outbreak, a new procedure called inoculation was found to help fend off the disease. Not everyone was won over, and newspapers fed the controversy.


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