Origins of Vaccination in the 18th century: New Perspectives

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Thursday 22 February
Room 16, Medecroft, King Alfred Campus, University of Winchester, Sparkford Road, Winchester, Hampshire So22 4NR

Dr Edward Jenner is commonly recognised as the ‘discoverer’ of vaccination, but the true origins of this practice are clouded in myth and misrepresentation. The first verified applications of an empirical vaccine took place in a field in southern England during 1774 by a little known historical figure - a Dorset farmer named Benjamin Jesty - preceding Jenner by 22 years. This presentation seeks to introduce the world’s first vaccinator and addresses questions of validity, awareness and priority.

This talk will be given by Patrick Pead, University of Southampton.

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