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Vaccination Against Smallpox

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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 fav ...more
Paperback, 78 pages
Published May 1st 1996 by Prometheus Books
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Jun 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
This short book records the notes written by Edward Jenner in the 1790's, when he was working on vaccination against smallpox with a cowpox material. I needed to know how it all started. Edward Jenner was a great note keeper and that is why he was accredited the invention. It makes sense. The book introduces Sarah Nemes, the milkmaid whom he took cowpox material from and then injected it into a young boy James Phipps. It would seem Edward Jenner wasn't necessarily be the first to do this process ...more
Freda Anderson
Jan 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a great book from a history and science standpoint. Very interesting to learn about the intense risks involved in creating early vaccines. There were a lot of moral choices involved that would have been difficult if not impossible to make if it were myself. It leaves you with a lot of questions about whether or not it is ethical to harm the few for the sake of the many. My issue with this book is that the writing itself is pretty uninspired.
Alaura Knoble-Yanik
Jan 20, 2011 rated it it was ok
Very boring, but interesting and insightful. Avoid if looking for something that is dynamic and interesting. Go for it if you are interested in scientific processes.
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