Book ID: CBB059271636

The Great Inoculator: The Untold Story of Daniel Sutton and his Medical Revolution (2020)

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Weightman, Gavin (Author)


Yale University Press


Publication Date: 2020
Physical Details: 208
Language: English

This timely history of the neglected figure of Daniel Sutton—the medical revolutionary who paved the way for present-day vaccination—was named a best book of 2020 by BBC History Magazine Smallpox was the scourge of the eighteenth century: it showed no mercy, almost wiping out whole societies. Young and old, poor and royalty were equally at risk – unless they had survived a previous attack. Daniel Sutton, a young surgeon from Suffolk, used this knowledge to pioneer a simple and effective inoculation method to counter the disease. His technique paved the way for Edward Jenner’s discovery of vaccination – but, while Jenner is revered, Sutton has been vilified for not widely revealing his methods until later in life. Gavin Weightman reclaims Sutton’s importance, showing how the clinician’s practical and observational discoveries advanced understanding of the nature of disease. Weightman explores Sutton’s personal and professional development, and the wider world of eighteenth-century health in which he practised inoculation. Sutton’s brilliant and exacting mind had a significant impact on medicine – the effects of which can still be seen today.

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Authors & Contributors
Gallay, Alan
Jones, Greta
Malcolm, Elizabeth
Munno, Cristina
Iorio, Elena
Kelly, James G.
Journals
Bulletin of the History of Medicine
British Journal for the History of Science
Social History of Medicine
Journal of Literature and Science
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Medicina nei secoli
Publishers
Cierre edizioni
International Specialized Book Services
Routledge
CreateSpace
Ohio State University
Virginia, University of
Concepts
Public health
Medicine
Vaccines; vaccination
Medicine and society
Smallpox
Disease and diseases
People
Wilde, Robert Willis
Fujimura, Joan H.
Jenner, Edward
Places
Italy
Great Britain
Ireland
Japan
India
Spain
Times
18th century
19th century
20th century, early
17th century
21st century
20th century
Institutions
Royal Belfast Academical Institution
Catholic University of Ireland (Dublin)
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