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Searching for Sitala Mata: Eradicating Smallpox in India

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This is an inspiring story of a pioneering African American woman doctor fresh out of residency training. In 1975, Cornelia Davis, MD, sought a way to give back for her life’s opportunities. Her bold choice would benefit millions of lives. 

The World Health Organization hired Davis to work in its landmark smallpox eradication program. Connie traveled to India, where she scoured the countryside for the last remnants of the brutal, deadly disease. Connie didn’t allow entrenched sexism, or caste taboos to deter her from her fascinating mission. She tracked smallpox through the Thar Desert on camelback and across volatile Indo-Bangladeshi borders. She negotiated with smugglers and fakirs. She met Mother Theresa. She climbed to the base camp of Mount Everest. Finally, her symbolic search for Sitala Mata, the Hindu smallpox goddess, came to a positive conclusion. An international certification team declared smallpox eradicated in India. 

To this day, smallpox is the only disease that’s been completely wiped out. Davis played a role in stopping a pestilence that’s dogged humanity for thousands of years. Searching for Sitala Mata is the story of how one brave woman’s simple desire to pay it forward had historic and positive ramifications worldwide. 

©2015, 2018 Cornelia E. Davis (P)2018 Cornelia E. Davis

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  • 16/01/2019

Interesting piece of history

Interesting piece of history

Knowledge is power. I would never think i would be interested in this, but you know it’s nice when discover something you wouldn’t bother with before and end up finding really interesting. It’s nice to strike gold like this sometimes

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  • Sandy Tipton
  • 18/11/2018

A Wonderful Adventure

As an American who’s lived in India for the past two decades, I related to many of these ventures related in this book. It captures India with a deft and loving hand. The narrator brings it to life most delightfully, weaving together the stories into beautiful and tangible experiences - her wonderful voice transports to listener to India.

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  • L. Ruth
  • 26/10/2018

Interesting story, beautifully read

The author’s experiences are interesting and important, you learn something from listening. The narrator turns a memoir into a story through her engaging reading.