Vaccination Against Smallpox

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Prometheus Books, 1996 - Biography & Autobiography - 91 pages
The once-dreaded scourge of smallpox has been eradicated through barrier immunization. The eminent scientist Edward Jenner (1749-1823) was a pioneer in demonstrating that vaccination was an effective means of preventing smallpox. In the three groundbreaking treatises contained in this volume, originally published between 1798 and 1800, Jenner summarizes his evidence in favor of vaccination and describes individual cases.

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About the author (1996)

Edward Jenner (1749 - 1823) was an English physician who observed that dairymaids who had had cowpox did not get small pox. He then vaccinated James Phipps, a boy of eight, with matter from cowpox. After several weeks, it became apparent that, because the boy had been inoculated, he did not contract smallpox. Jenner then published his results in Inquiry into the Cause and Effects of the Variolae Vaccinae (1798), thus proving the worth of vaccination.

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