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A 3 page paper which discusses the importance and significance of Edward Jenner's An Inquiry into the Causes and Effects of the Variolæ Vaccinæ which was written in 1798. Bibliography lists 4 sources.
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people over thousands of years" and as such it stood as a very powerful disease in history (Kids Work: History of Medicine). It stood as a mysterious disease as well,
as were most diseases at the time. It was in the later part of the 18th century that one man came up with what appeared to be a very logical
and powerful vaccination against the disease and ultimately changed a great deal of things about medical knowledge and how many diseases can be prevented through introducing a small amount of
the disease, or a different form of a disease, through vaccinations. His name was Edward Jenner and his work, writing in 1798, was titled: An Inquiry into the Causes and
Effects of the Variol? Vaccin?. The following paper examines the significance of this medical work/document. Medical History: Smallpox In this particular document
written by Jenner he goes about studying, and witnessing, people who do not seem affected by smallpox when other people have the disease. He first illustrates the nature of the
disease and then moves on to case studies, presenting himself as a knowledgeable and intelligent researcher in noting, "It is necessary to observe that the utmost care was taken to
ascertain, with the most scrupulous precision, that no one whose case is here adduced had gone through the smallpox previous to these attempts to produce that disease" (Jenner 4:10). Such
information tells the reader that medical researchers of the time were beginning to truly understand the nature of disease as well as the need for precision in studies to ensure
the study was accurate. He illustrates that people who have come in contact with the virus, through cows, show no signs of