Hektoen International

A Journal of Medical Humanities

Tag: Strange complications of vaccination

  • Strange complications of vaccination

    In this caricature James Gillray makes fun of the supposed complications of using the cowpox vaccine to prevent patients from getting the smallpox. Several people are shown having cows emerge from their hands, mouths, or buttocks, or develop horns that sprout from their heads. This is obviously not a very safe vaccine! The Cow-Pock –…