Smallpox hospital, 18th century

Smallpox hospital, 18th century

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Caption: Smallpox hospital. 18th-century illustration of a hospital for smallpox patients near St Pancras, London, UK. This hospital was first established in Tottenham Court Road in 1746, moving to St Pancras on what is now the site of the King's Cross railway station. The hospital was rebuilt in around 1793 to 1794. It moved to Highgate in 1848. Smallpox is an often-fatal disease caused by the Variola virus. In the late 1970s a worldwide immunisation program eradicated the disease, with the last outbreak being in 1977. It was declared extinct in 1980. Prior to this it killed millions of people each year. This artwork, by the engraver J. G. Wooding, dates from 1784.

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