Because the BL3 has been closed this week, I havent been able to do my usual research. So Ive been using my lab time to clean and reorganize the lab. I even rented one of those tiny bulldozers to clean out a long forgotten storage room so we could use it.
I found lots of great stuff, like pictures of the former department heads wife in shorts ripped across the butt (PIs loved that one) and 20 year old Scientific Americans.
The January 1988 SciAmerican has an article titled 'Scientific American, 50 and 100 years ago.' Its made up of blurbs from top stories in 1938 and 1888. You all will not believe one of the blurbs from 1888. Yes, 100 years ago*:
January 1888-- "The success of the anti-vaccinationists has been aptly shown by the results in Zurich, Switzerland, where for a number of years, until 1883, a culpulsory vaccination law obtained, and smallpox was wholly prevented-- not a single case occurred in 1882. This result was seized upon the following year by the antivaccinationists and used against the necessity for any such law, and it seems they had sufficient influence to cause its repeal. The death returns for that year (1883) showed that for every 1,000 deaths two were caused by smallpox; In 1884 there were three; in 1885, 17, and in the first quarter of 1886, 85."Wow. Today we are getting the exact same arguments from the MMR folks-- "We dont need to vaccinate against measles! No one gets measles!", with the same results...
* The wording is a little weird, but I swear its word-for-word.