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A Man Vaccinating a Young Child Held by Its Mother, with Other Members of the Household Looking On

Photo credit: Wellcome Collection

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Smallpox was once a common epidemic disease that killed, blinded or disfigured its victims. In the eighteenth century its impact was reduced in Europe by a Chinese practice called variolation, the injection of smallpox fluid from an infected human being into a healthy human. In 1798 Edward Jenner proposed a modification of variolation called vaccination, which involved the injection of fluid from an infected cow into human beings.

Wellcome Collection

London


Date

1807 (?)

Medium

oil on canvas

Measurements

H 44.5 x W 58 cm

Accession number

40474i

Acquisition method

purchased

Work type

Painting


Wellcome Collection

183 Euston Road, London, Greater London NW1 2BE England

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