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The VaccinatorsSmallpox, Medical Knowledge, and the 'Opening' of Japan$
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Ann Jannetta

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780804754897

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804754897.001.0001

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Jenner's Cowpox Vaccine

Jenner's Cowpox Vaccine

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The Vaccinators
Stanford University Press

This chapter considers the social, political, and institutional frameworks within which Edward Jenner conceived and presented his hypothesis that cowpox virus, Variolae vaccinae, could be used to prevent smallpox. Since Variolae vaccinae can be transmitted successfully from person to person without loss of its essential properties, this would mean that protection against smallpox could be transmitted using human beings as the agents of transmission. Jenner tested whether vaccination could prevent smallpox in the recipient.

Keywords:   Edward Jenner, cowpox virus, Variolae vaccinae, smallpox, vaccination

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