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September 1983

Edward Jenner, MD, and the Scourge That Was

Author Affiliations

From the Edward Mallinckrodt Department of Pediatrics, Washington University School of Medicine, St Louis (Drs White and Shackelford), and the Division of Infectious Diseases, St Louis Children's Hospital (Dr Shackelford).

Am J Dis Child. 1983;137(9):864-869. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1983.02140350038010

• This article was inspired by the global eradication of smallpox in 1980. Rather than reiterate the recent history of this remarkable achievement, we have chosen to celebrate the event by reviewing the early history of smallpox immunization and the contribution of Edward Jenner, MD, to this endeavor. In addition, we present these historical events within the context of knowledge acquired by modern virologists.

(Am J Dis Child 1983;137:864-869)