Catching Cowpox: The Early Spread of Smallpox Vaccination, 1798–1810

  title={Catching Cowpox: The Early Spread of Smallpox Vaccination, 1798–1810},
  author={Andrea A. Rusnock},
  journal={Bulletin of the History of Medicine},
  pages={17 - 36}
  • A. Rusnock
  • Published 27 March 2009
  • History
  • Bulletin of the History of Medicine
The introduction of smallpox vaccination after the publication of Edward Jenner's An Inquiry into the Causes and Effects of Variolae Vaccinae depended on the spread of cowpox, a relatively rare disease. How Europeans and their colonial allies transported and maintained cowpox in new environments is a social and technological story involving a broad range of individuals from physicians and surgeons to philanthropists, ministers, and colonial administrators. Putting cowpox in new places also… 

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