The cause of death in smallpox: an examination of the pathology record.

@article{Martin2002TheCO,
  title={The cause of death in smallpox: an examination of the pathology record.},
  author={David B. Martin},
  journal={Military medicine},
  year={2002},
  volume={167 7},
  pages={546-51}
}
OBJECTIVE Because the cause of death in smallpox remains controversial, the human pathology record was examined. METHODS The surviving case series of smallpox pathology in humans as well as other review articles from English language journals written during the last 200 years were reviewed. RESULTS The skin lesions in smallpox developed as a result of viral damage and inflammation. Secondary bacterial infection did not occur until the scabs started shedding. During the papular stage of skin… CONTINUE READING