Carpet of death: how the smallpox epidemic in Moscow in 1960 was stopped in a month15.09.2022
An amazing thing: for a long time, the doctors themselves did not know about the diagnosis. Why? The fact is that the last person infected with smallpox in the USSR was recorded in 1936, after which this disease was completely eradicated on the territory of the state. By 1960, there were practically no specialists left in our country who would have seen smallpox with their own eyes and could identify it.
Plague in question
In the USSR, when an outstanding person passed away, the reasons for his death should have been clear and transparent. Alas, the examination of the late Kokorekin did not bring results. About a day after the death of the artist, the diagnosis sounded like “Plague? ..”.
Many of the symptoms diverged, but the dumbfounded specialists could not assume anything else.
It is interesting that the nurse who registered Kokorekin, who was admitted to the Botkin hospital, noticed rashes on his body and suggested that he was ill with smallpox. But specialists with many years of experience made the young girl laugh.