Book ID: CBB001211555

Defying Providence: Smallpox and the Forgotten 18th-Century Medical Revolution (2012)


Boylston, Arthur William (Author)


Publication Date: 2012
Physical Details: 294 pp.
Language: English

Defying Providence is the history of inoculation, the terrifying practice of deliberately infecting individuals with virulent smallpox. This book shows how and why it became widely adopted in the 18th century and how it shaped the development of some of modern medicine's power tools. In particular it shows that vaccination (cowpox) could not have been discovered or used to eradicate the dreadful disease smallpox if inoculation was not already widespread. Defying Providence is a major revision of standard views of 18th century medicine

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Authors & Contributors
Gallay, Alan
Jones, Greta
Malcolm, Elizabeth
Bennett, Michael J.
Grundy, Isobel
Kelly, James G.
Bulletin of the History of Medicine
Endeavour: Review of the Progress of Science
Sudhoffs Archiv: Zeitschrift fuer Wissenschaftsgeschichte
Lishi yuyan yanjiuso jikan (Bulletin of the Institute of History and Philology, Academia Sinica)
Centaurus: International Magazine of the History of Mathematics, Science, and Technology
Asclepio: Archivo Iberoamericano de Historia de la Medicina
International Specialized Book Services
Ohio State University
Yale University Press
Johns Hopkins University Press
Edizioni di Storia e Letteratura
Cierre edizioni
Vaccines; vaccination
Public health
Medicine and society
Jenner, Edward
Montagu, Mary Wortley, Lady
Wilde, Robert Willis
Plett, Peter
Sutton, Daniel
Francisco Javier Balmis Berenguer
Time Periods
18th century
19th century
17th century
20th century, early
Ming dynasty (China, 1368-1644)
Qing dynasty (China, 1644-1912)
New York (U.S.)
Madrid (Spain)
Royal Belfast Academical Institution
Catholic University of Ireland (Dublin)

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