Article ID: CBB001023395

Note-Taking and Data-Sharing: Edward Jenner and the Global Vaccination Network (2010)


Bennett, Michael J. (Author)

Intellectual History Review
Volume: 20
Pages: 415--432

Publication Date: 2010
Edition Details: Part of a special issue, “Note-Taking in Early Modern Europe”
Language: English

The massive expansion of information from the seventeenth century placed considerable demands on mental capacity, and individual scholars responded with strategies of memory training and note-taking that prompted, relieved or replaced memory. It has been acknowledged how cowpox inoculation (vaccination) and smallpox inoculation (variolation) stimulated new forms of record keeping and the standardization and tabulation of medical data for scientific analysis and to inform public policy. Yet the key figure in these developments, Edward Jenner, while a careful observer who thought hard about the patterns he discerned, did not take good notes either from his reading or of his observations. He depended a great deal on his memory, especially a remarkable visual memory, consolidating his recollections and refining his thinking more through conversation and familiar letters than careful note-taking and writing. It was rather in the work of the practitioners who took up Jenners' writings, including some laymen and women, that we find the keeping of records of their vaccinations, in order to provide patient records and to report the results to friends, colleagues and a wider public.

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Authors & Contributors
Jones, Greta
Malcolm, Elizabeth
Bennett, Michael J.
Kelly, James G.
Geary, Laurence M.
Froggatt, Peter
Bulletin of the History of Medicine
Sudhoffs Archiv: Zeitschrift fuer Wissenschaftsgeschichte
Open University (United Kingdom)
International Specialized Book Services
Orient BlackSwan
Florida International University
University of Wisconsin at Madison
Vaccines; vaccination
Public health
Medicine and politics
Disease and diseases
Jenner, Edward
Wilde, Robert Willis
Plett, Peter
Cassirer, Ernst
Jeffries, John
Great Britain
United States
19th century
18th century
20th century, early
17th century
Meiji period (Japan, 1868-1910)
20th century
Royal Belfast Academical Institution
Catholic University of Ireland (Dublin)
Hudson's Bay Company

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