Angel of Death tells a lively and powerful tale: the story of our battle against smallpox, once humankind's greatest killer, but ultimately the only disease that we have successfully eradicated from the planet. By skilfully weaving together previously neglected voices with the personal experiences of colourful historical figures such as Lady Mary Wortley Montagu and Edward Jenner, Gareth Williams breathes life into one of the most exciting success stories in the history of medicine. Filled with original and engaging insights into the anti-vaccination movement and the alarming unlearned lessons of smallpox, Angel of Death will appeal to all those moved by the thrill of discovery and the individual's fight against adversity.
GARETH WILLIAMS is Professor of Medicine and former Dean of Faculty at the University of Bristol, UK. He has written or co-authored over 20 books, including the Textbook of Diabetes (named BMA Book of the Year) and has contributed to more 30 others, including the Oxford Textbook of Medicine. He also writes general and humorous articles for a wider readership; his appearances on national and international radio and TV have related to the missed diagnosis of Squirrel Nutkin as well as anti-obesity pills. Proceeds from the sale of this book will be given to the Edward Jenner Museum, Berkeley, UK (visit www.jennermuseum.com)