An Inquiry into The Causes and Effects of The Variolae Vaccinae by Edward Jenner

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An Inquiry into The Causes and Effects of The Variolae Vaccinae

by Edward Jenner

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Limited facsimile (this one is #389) reprint of the 1798 edition. *See Certification in photographs*

Leslie B. Adams, Jr.,  1978 (Special Edition), large hardback, Bound in full black leather with silk endpapers, all edges gilt, gilt design on spine and front, yellow silk bookmark. 75 pages 4 Plates.

"Jenner established the fact that a 'vaccination' or inoculation with vaccinia (cowpox) lymph matter protects against smallpox."

Edward Jenner, FRS, (1749-1823) was an English scientist who studied his natural surroundings in Berkeley, Gloucestershire, England. He is often credited as the first doctor to introduce and study the smallpox vaccine. He trained in Chipping Sodbury, Gloucestershire as an apprentice to John Ludlow, a surgeon, for eight years from the age of 14. In 1770 he went up to surgery and anatomy under the surgeon John Hunter and others at St Georges, University of London. He was elected Fellow of the Royal Society in 1788, following a careful study combining observation, experiment and dissection into a description of the previously misunderstood life of the cuckoo in the nest. In 1792, he obtained his M. D. from the University of St Andrews. In 1803 in London he became involved with the Jennerian Institution, a society concerned with promoting vaccination to eradicate smallpox. In 1808, with government aid, this society became the National Vaccine Establishment."