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Smallpox inoculation: prelude to vaccination

Art Boylston Headington, Oxford, United Kingdom   Fig. 1: James Jurin secretary of the Royal Society. Courtesy of the Royal Society Inoculation for smallpox, now known as variolation, consisted of placing a small amount of fluid from a smallpox pustule into the skin. It was introduced into England and colonial Boston in 1721 following reports […]