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Great is the name of Jenner. It marks an important historical epoch. Before Jenner, smallpox was king—king in the palace and in the hovel—king all the time and everywhere. In civilized Europe it claimed annually many hecatombs of human lives. After Jenner vaccination was king, and under the protection of its invulnerable armor men and women were enabled to walk in the midst of pestilence with impunity. Such and so great was this man's discovery. No wonder that his fame comes to us resounding down the corridors of time. No wonder that in the catalogue of great doctors he stands out in bold relief as one of the greatest. He has, perhaps, done more for the salvation of human lives than any other man that ever lived.
But a truce to panegyrics, and now to our problems.
Smallpox is the type of specific infectious diseases. It runs a definite course,
COCHRAN J. THE DISCOVERY OF VACCINATION. JAMA. 1896;XXVI(24):1163–1165. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430760015002e
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