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Edward Jenner
(1749-1823) born on
May 17
English physician. He discovered and named the process of vaccination against smallpox, 1796; paved the way for the science of immunology.
The deviation of man from the state in which he was originally placed by nature seems to have proved to him a prolific source of diseases.

The joy I felt as the prospect before me of being the instrument destined to take away from the world one of its greatest calamities [smallpox] was so excessive that I found myself in a kind of reverie.
An Inquiry into Cause and Effects of the Variolae Vaccinae, a Disease Discovered in Some of the Western Countries of England, Particularly Gloucestershire, and Known by the Name of CowPox
I shall endeavour still further to prosecute this inquiry, an inquiry I trust not merely speculative, but of sufficient moment to inspire the pleasing hope of its becoming essentially beneficial to mankind.
I hope that some day the practice of producing cowpox in human beings will spread over the world -- when that day comes, there will be no more smallpox.
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: "An Inquiry into the Causes and Effects of the Variolae Vaccinae, or Cow-Pox."
R: In "Isaac Asimov's Book of Science and Nature Quotations," ed. Jason Shulman & Isaac Asimov, 1988.
A: Title of Jenner's self-published paper which was considered too revolutionary to be accepted by the Royal Society.
N: "An Inquiry into the Causes and Effects of the Variolae Vaccinae, or Cow-Pox."
K: "Swuint's English Corner;" www.slam.katowice.pl/~zez/lis97/squintiso.html

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