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Today In Medical History – October 26

October 26:

(1) (1689) General Piccolomini of Austria burns down Skopje, Macedonia to prevent the spread of cholera. He soon after died of cholera himself.

(2) (1977) Ali Maow Maalin, the last natural case of smallpox, develops a rash in Somalia. The WHO and CDC consider this date the anniversary of the eradication of smallpox.

(3) (1984) “Baby Fae” receives a heart transplant from a baboon, dying within a month of the procedure.

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