Tim Riswick

History Workshop Online blog post about Smallpox and Social inequalities in Amsterdam (1870-1872)

Sanne Muurling, Katalin Buzasi and myself published a blog post on History Workshop Online about the smallpox epidemic in Amsterdam (1870-1872). Smallpox was the first contagious disease for which a vaccine was invented, yet the history of this final epidemic over 70 years later provides important lessons about how social inequalities continue to shape vulnerability to disease in societies lacking universal uptake.

This research was conducted as part of our project Lifting the Burden of Disease, led by Angélique Janssens.

Figure: Amsterdam’s smallpox epidemic of 1870-1872 in five phases