How Mary Wortley Montagu’s bold experiment led to smallpox vaccine – 75 years before Jenner
A new book celebrates the trailblazing work of the English aristocrat, who successfully inoculated her daughter
Yes, she did. But what she did can be best explained by using the correct words. She brought the Turkish practice of variolation – infection with smallpox at a low level – to Britain. Jenner brought vaccination – the use of cowpox to create the immunity – which is a different thing.
But, you know, gotta be a woman to celebrate, right? Even if the acts need to be bigged up……