Myths in medicine

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.310.6971.62a (Published 07 January 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:62

Jenner did not discover vaccination

  1. Richard Horton
  1. Assistant editor Lancet, 655 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY10010, USA

    EDITOR,—Without wishing to take anything away from the contribution made by Edward Jenner's cow, Blossom, I fear that Norman Begg and Angus Nicoll score an own goal in their article on myths in immunisation.1 To reiterate their own quotation: “falsehood flies and truth comes limping after.”

    The limping truth is that Edward Jenner was a …

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