Conditions and Diseases
History of Science
When was smallpox discovered?
The first known cases of smallpox go back to 1350 BC and the disease has been known for a very long time. Dr. Campbell identified how smallpox is spread. Edward Jenner is credited with developing the smallpox vaccine in 1796.
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Who was the discoverer of that cowpox did not get smallpox?
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How does smallpox vaccine work?
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A scientist that discovered and develop the way of preventing smallpox through vaccination?
Who discovered smallpox?
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How old was Edward Jenner when he discovered smallpox vaccination?
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What particularly important achievement did Edward Jenner make?
Who discovered smallpox and when?
The first known cases of smallpox go back to 1350 BC and the disease has been known for a very long time. Dr. Campbell identified how smallpox is spread. Edward Jenner is credited with developing the smallpox vaccine in 1796. See the Web Links to the left for more information about the history of smallpox.
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Who discovered the first vaccine?
technically it was Edward Jenner who discovered the vaccine for smallpox by giving a young boy called James Phipps a small dose of cowpox and then when he had recovered from this he injected him with a tiny amount of smallpox. James was not effected because he had become immunised. However this was a freak coincidence as smallpox and cowpox are one of the only diseases that can be immunised against by injecting yourself with cowpox
Can you get smallpox in the UK?
There is nowhere in the world today where one could be infected with smallpox. Smallpox was declared officially eradicated May 8 1980. Before 1980, it was possible to be infected while in the UK. In fact, Edward Jenner, the man who discovered the smallpox vaccine, was born in Berkeley, England in 1749. All information is courtesy of <i>Smallpox Vaccine: Escape from a Deadly Scourge</i>, which can be found at http://22484930.nhd.weebly.com/index.html.
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HOW was vaccinations discovered?
It was known that people that had recovered from Smallpox could not get it again. Various doctors attempted to use ground up Smallpox pustules to give other people this same immunity. However too many got full blown Smallpox and died. Edward Jenner observed that Milkmaids did not get Smallpox and that cows got a mild disease called Cowpox similar to Smallpox. Jenner tried ground up Cowpox pustules on people and proved they were now immune to Smallpox.