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Although I was well aware of the story and some details of the cowpox-smallpox contribution that William Jenner made, inventing vaccination and giving preventive medicine a weapon and a demonstration of its use, my first real contact with him came when I was reading everything I could find about coronary artery disease and myocardial infarction. As a third-year student I undertook to write a thesis on the nerve supply of the heart and cardiac pain. I remembered in particular Jenner's close relationship to John Hunter and his forbearance in writing or revealing his observations of ossification of the coronary arteries and their calcification in persons with angina who died suddenly. He feared that it would be too disturbing to his friend and patron, John Hunter.
The relationship of student and teacher as drawn so elegantly by Dorthy Fisk was a beautiful one. A gifted, sociable, unambitious boy from the English
Bean WB. Doctor Jenner of Berkeley. Arch Intern Med. 1961;108(6):960–961. doi:10.1001/archinte.1961.03620120144024
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