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Vaccination as a Preventive of Small-pox (Paperback)

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Purchase of this book includes free trial access to where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: Diseases analagous to small-pox have been noticed running their course through pigs, dogs, and monkeys as has been previously mentioned. It is difficult to prove that all these diseases are of common origin, yet it is very probable that they are the same modified by their occurrence in various animals. If they are not the same primarily, the fact certainly must be an anomalous one in the history of medicine, for in no other case does one disease prevent the occurrence of another in the same subject. An attack of measles never prevents scarlet fever, or small-pox render a person exempt from the ability to contract syphilis. It was the immunity from small-pox, of those who had passed through the cow-pox disease, that led Jenner to study the subject of vaccination, and he was convinced that the disease first originated in the horse, and from thence was conveyed to the udders of cows by the hands of those who attended both horses and cows. Being developed upon the udders of the cows, the disease was subsequently conveyed to the hands of the milkers. Dr. Jenner, to whom must be given the credit for making known to the profession and the world the prophylactic power of vaccination, published his first essay upon the subject in the spring of 1798, entitled " An inquiry into the causes and effects of the Variola Vaccince, a disease discovered in some of the western counties of England, particularly Gloucestershire, and known by the name of cow-pox." In the opening page of this essay, he says: "There is a disease to which the horse, from his state of domestication, is frequently subject. The farriers have termed it the grease. It is an inflammation and swelling in the heel, from which issues matter possessing properties of a very peculiar kind, which seems capable of generating...

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