Wednesday, May 14, 2008


This Day in the History of Real Advances in Medicine

On this day in 1796, English physician Edward Jenner performed the first (kinda) successful vaccination, inoculating an eight-year-old boy, James Phipps, against smallpox by infecting him with the less virulent but related cowpox, thus laying the foundation for modern immunology. We should continue to infect citizens with cowpox, just in case Soviet weaponized smallpox falls into the hands of terrorists.

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