Hektoen International

A Journal of Medical Humanities

Tag: Portrait of Edward Jenner

  • Edward Jenner (1749-1823): from variolation to vaccination

    Damiano RondelliChicago, Illinois, United States Smallpox virus is a linear double stranded DNA virus that belongs to the family of poxviridae. Because  its surface is covered with filamentous proteins, it has the appearance of a wool knitting ball. Dr. Edward Jenner’s observations on immune protection from smallpox at the end of the eighteenth century were…