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From the Publisher"copious illustrations are of considerable interest. ...Historians of medicine and public health may want to add it to their collections."
—Warren Winkelstein, Jr. for BULL. HIST. MED.(2002
* Covers the background, history and origin of smallpox, and brings the story up to the present day
* Gives full and interesting details of Jenner's life, and tells how this humble country doctor brought about a revolution in vaccination
* Includes many quotes from historical figures
* Features 120 high quality photographs, many originating from unique historical plates in the author's private collection
* Includes new research data
* Provides new views on the eradication and destruction of smallpox
The book contains black-and-white illustrations.
This important work describes the life and work of Jenner in the context of the eradication of Smallpox. The Smallpox virus has been the cause of vast human suffering. Smallpox was endemic in Europe during the 18th and 19th centuries, and had been responsible for the deaths of at least one tenth of the population for a long period of time. Edward Jenner's revolutionary vaccine not only spared the lives of many millions of people, but laid the foundation for modern vaccinology, which is probably the most important medical advance of this century.