Book ID: CBB765954016

The War Against Smallpox: Edward Jenner and the Global Spread of Vaccination (2020)


Bennett, Michael J. (Author)

Cambridge University Press

Publication Date: 2020
Physical Details: 456
Language: English

"This is the global history of early vaccination. In the late eighteenth century, Jenner demonstrated that inoculating cowpox could be an effective and viable means of preventing smallpox and, by using humanised cowpox (vaccine) drawn from children subject to the procedure, hit on the means to make the disease sustainably and universally available. The book provides the first comprehensive account of the spread of vaccination through networks of global connection during the Napoleonic Wars. It is about the parents who gave cowpox a chance, the medical networks that put several million children around the world arm-to-arm, the successes and failures of early vaccination, and the measures that made mass immunisation feasible. It is the history of a remarkable mobilisation that transformed many lives, a revolution that was an emancipatory force, even as it came to represent the pointy end of growing state power, and the foundation of later advances in preventive medicine. By the coming of peace in 1815, the war against smallpox had begun to bring smallpox's empire within bounds"--

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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
British Journal for the History of Science
Intellectual History Review
Feminist Studies
International Specialized Book Services
Yale University Press
Johns Hopkins University Press
Edizioni di Storia e Letteratura
Cierre edizioni
Vaccines; vaccination
Public health
Medicine and society
Disease and diseases
Jenner, Edward
Wilde, Robert Willis
Plett, Peter
Montagu, Mary Wortley, Lady
Sutton, Daniel
Jeffries, John
Great Britain
United States
New York (U.S.)
18th century
19th century
20th century, early
17th century
Meiji period (Japan, 1868-1910)
Royal Belfast Academical Institution
Catholic University of Ireland (Dublin)
Hudson's Bay Company

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