Edward Jenner

Edward Jenner

by Rob Boddice


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Edward Jenner is a giant of modern medicine. Throughout history, smallpox plagued humanity as an incurable blight, the suffering of which Jenner helped bring to an end. Surmising from milkmaids' immunity that cowpox might defend against smallpox, in 1793 he inserted some of the matter from a human case of cowpox into a boy's arms. He subsequently inoculated the boy with smallpox itself, and found him to be immune. In 1979 smallpox was declared extinct. This is the story of Jenner’s life and his profound legacy of medical experimentation, public health provision, and the prevention of other diseases, from anthrax to measles.

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ISBN-13: 9780750961080
Publisher: The History Press
Publication date: 06/01/2016
Series: pocket GIANTS Series
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Rob Boddice edited Pain and Emotion in Modern History. He lives part time in Montreal.

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