The Adoption of Inoculation for Smallpox in England and France.
by MILLER, Genevieve (1936-2014).
Philadelphia:: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1957., 1957. 8vo. 355,  pp. 14 figures, index. Blue gilt-stamped cloth, dust-jacket; jacket with short tears. Very good. Scarce. "The appendices contain the early histories of inoculation and a list of German doctoral dissertations on inoculation, 1720-52. There is also an excellent bibliography." – Garrison and Morton 5436.1. The author took her M.A. degree from Johns Hopkins, and a Ph.D. from Cornell. She later taught the history of medicine at Hopkins, of the history of science at Cornell, and then taught medial history at Case Western. " Genevieve Miller surmounted two disciplinary challenges over the course of a long, accomplished career. Miller first strayed into medical history in the 1940s, a time when physicians still dominated that field and historians were seen as interlopers at best, or incompetents at worst. Despite this circumstance, she pursued graduate studies in medical history, becoming one of the first women to earn a PhD in this field. Her dissertation, published as The Adoption of Inoculation for Smallpox in England and France (1957), won immediate acclaim and is still considered a classic work in the history of medicine. Miller's second challenge lay in a career shift to the domain of medical museology. She became the first nonphysician director of the Dittrick Museum of Medical History, at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) in 1967, bringing to that endeavor training in museology and a commitment to public history. Miller's career thus comprised a distinctive blend of academic attainment and respected museum curation." – In Memoriam, Genevieve Miller (1914–2013), James M. Edmonson, Perspectives on History, December 2013.
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