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Stanley Williamson’s meticulously researched background of the British government’s smallpox vaccination application starts off with Edward Jenner’s improvement of the vaccine on the finish of the eighteenth century, charts the spectacular pace at which it grew to become obligatory for kids, and records the many years of resistance that led to its repeal in 1946. alongside the way in which Williamson examines the social, political, and moral motivations of either factions. the ability to make scientific offerings, together with these relating to vaccination, is still a hotly contested factor at the present time, making The Vaccination Controversy a well timed contribution to our wisdom of clinical historical past.

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The sort of smallpox that occurred between Christmas and midsummer ‘leaves not any impression which disfigures the face as doth very often those of the contrary season of the year’. The general assumption at this period appears to have been that dealing with pitting could safely be left to any competent nurse. Creighton concluded a fairly lengthy study of the subject with the assertion that he had found nothing in the medical writings of the eighteenth century, nor in its fiction or memoirs, to show that pockmarks were ‘more than an occasional blemish of the countenance, at a time when most sufferers had smallpox in infancy or childhood, when the chances of permanent marking would be less’.

As early as 1720 Richard Mead, probably the most successful and affluent physician of the day, protested that ‘[i]nstead of ignorant old women who are generally appointed as searchers […] the office should be committed to understanding and diligent men…’ Isaac Massey, an apothecary and uncle to the Revd Edmund, complained in a letter to Jurin that These bills are founded on the ignorance or skill of the old women […] [whose] reports, (very often what they are bid to say) must necessarily be very erroneous.

This was forthright and fair comment from one professional to another: it was the succeeding paragraph which put the author into the select class of chauvinists whose sins shall not be forgiven them. Casting a supercilious glance at ‘the country from whence we deriv’d this experiment’ Wagstaffe remarked that ‘[p]osterity perhaps will scarcely be brought to believe that a method practiced [sic] only by a few illiterate women, amongst an illiterate and unthinking people, Vaccination controversy text:Vaccination controversy 16/11/07 The Engrafted Distemper 09:16 Page 37 37 shou’d on a sudden, and upon a slender experience, so far obtain in one of the most learned and polite nations of the world, as to be received into the royal palace’.

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