Medicine: Swift Smallpox

The nine-year-old Pakistani girl who came down with fever soon after she reached Bradford, northern England's wool capital, seemed to have malaria. After she died. Pathologist Norman Ainley did an autopsy to make sure. He was unprepared for the real cause of death: smallpox. In quick succession, the Bradford area produced eleven more smallpox cases among newly arrived Pakistanis and their contacts. Among them was Pathologist Ainley. He became the first patient to receive a new, experimental anti-smallpox drug—so new that doctors could not be sure how much to give him. But Dr. Ainley. 37, father of...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!