Medicine - Breakthroughs, 1750-1900

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Jenner and vaccination

  • 1798 - The Royal Society refused to publish Jenner's ideas so he paid to print pamphlets explaining his work
  • 1802 - Jennerian Society set up to promote vaccination
  • 1804 - 12 000+ people vaccinated
  • 1840 - The government began paying for vaccination
  • 1853 - Government made vaccination compulsory
  • 1979 - The WHO announced smallpox had been wiped out

Opposition to Jenner

  • they thought it was wrong to give people an animal's disease
  • it interfered with God's plan
  • doctors lost money when the government offered

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