Smallpox and Cowpox under the Southern Cross: The Smallpox Epidemic of 1789 and the Advent of Vaccination in Colonial Australia

@article{Bennett2009SmallpoxAC,
  title={Smallpox and Cowpox under the Southern Cross: The Smallpox Epidemic of 1789 and the Advent of Vaccination in Colonial Australia},
  author={M. Bennett},
  journal={Bulletin of the History of Medicine},
  year={2009},
  volume={83},
  pages={37 - 62}
}
  • M. Bennett
  • Published 2009
  • History, Medicine
  • Bulletin of the History of Medicine
In histories of smallpox and vaccination, little attention has been paid to their progress in the southern latitudes. In this paper, I focus on the appearance of smallpox around Sydney Cove in 1789 and the introduction of cowpox (vaccine) to New South Wales in 1804. I demonstrate the connections, historical and virological, between the two events and examine the role of variolation in the spread of smallpox and in anticipating vaccination. I argue that imported "variolous matter," perhaps… Expand
13 Citations

Figures and Topics from this paper

The History of Biological Weapons Use: What We Know and What We Don't.
  • W. Carus
  • Engineering, Medicine
  • Health security
  • 2015
  • 13
  • Highly Influenced
  • PDF
Vaccination communication strategies: What have we learned, and lost, in 200 years?
  • 3
  • PDF
...
1
2
...

References

SHOWING 1-10 OF 40 REFERENCES
Smallpox and its eradication
  • 1,718
  • PDF
Osler and the Infected Letter
  • C. Ambrose
  • Medicine
  • Emerging infectious diseases
  • 2005
  • 11
  • PDF
Slavery, smallpox, and revolution: 1792 in Ile de France (Mauritius).
  • M. Vaughan
  • Medicine
  • Social history of medicine : the journal of the Society for the Social History of Medicine
  • 2000
  • 11
Survival of variola virus in raw cotton.
  • 28
...
1
2
3
4
...