Opinion: Listen: Revisiting: A medical historian on the deadly epidemics of the Civil War

Diseases like smallpox, measles, and dysentery killed two-thirds of the 1 million people who died in the Civil War. “Chronic diarrhea” and the stigma of smallpox scars plagued soldiers and others for decades afterward. And while Americans no longer depend on digging ditches for latrines, we’re still struggling with faith in national public health measures, racial disparities in health care, and more.

This week, the podcast returns to a conversation with medical historian Jonathan S. Jones about the epidemics of the Civil War and the lessons learned that we’re revisiting more than 150 years later.

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