Edward Jenner

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How Edward Jenner came up with the vaccination of smallpox.

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  • People in the 1700's were dying of smallpox.
  • Edward Jenner noticed that milkmaids were mostly infected with cowpox. These same milk maids would also never get smallpox.
  • Jenner came up with a theory that if you got cowpox you could no longer get smallpox.
  • He tested this theory with a country boy named James Phipps who had never had cowpox or smallpox. He then infected the boy with cow pox and left him to recover.
  • Jenner then tried to infect the boy with smallpox from a smallpox victim. However this did not work and the boy did not get smallpox. He called this the vaccination after vacca meaning cow.
  • Jenner then shared his theory with the country that cowpox could be prevent smallpox. Many took his idea and got them selves vaccinated but many did not.
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