Friday, February 3, 2017

Another unknown, but genuine super hero American.

Donald Ainslie Henderson (September 7, 1928 – August 19, 2016) was an American physician, educator, and epidemiologist who directed a 10-year international effort (1967–77) that eradicated smallpox throughout the world and launched international childhood vaccination programs.

People today forget what a horrible, loathsome disease small pox was.  It's eradication is one of the high points of human achievement.  Thanks to Dr. Henderson for making that happen

1 comment:

  1. I had the pleasure on spending several days with Dr. Henderson and his wife some 10+ years ago.
    I asked him if, in the long run, his work was a good thing. He replied that while no one had ever asked that question of him he had often wondered the same.