Benjamin Jesty: Grandfather of Vaccination

Pead, Patrick J.
June 2011
Historian (02651076);Summer2011, Issue 110, p27
Academic Journal
The article discusses English farmer Benjamin Jesty, particularly noting his role in the history of the development of a smallpox vaccine. It notes that he injected family members with cowpox in 1774 so that they would develop resistance to smallpox. The author considers the belief that doctor Edward Jenner was the first to develop a vaccination. He also comments on a portrait of Jesty that was acquired by the Wellcome Trust.


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