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November 15, 1930

Edward Jenner and the Discovery of Smallpox Vaccination.

JAMA. 1930;95(20):1528. doi:10.1001/jama.1930.02720200064037

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This essay is a most satisfactory sketch of Edward Jenner. A consideration of smallpox inoculation is introduced at the beginning of the book and discussed in its historical bearings. Of especial interest to Americans is a reprinting in Chapter III of "Some Account of the Success of Inoculation for the Smallpox in England and America," published in London in 1859 by Benjamin Franklin. This includes "Plain Instructions for Inoculation in the Small-Pox," prepared by William Heberden. The author writes in an interesting manner of Jenner's early years and education, of his long years of arduous labor as a country practitioner, of his observations in natural history under the inspiration of John Hunter, and of his efforts to write poetry. The story of vaccination from the first observations in Gloucestershire until the practice had spread over the world is related in a connected manner. The introduction of a few pictures and

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