Myths in medicine

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.310.6980.666a (Published 11 March 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:666
  1. C Bruce Perry,
  2. Ian Bailey
  1. Past chairman, Jenner Trusts Chairman, Jenner Education Trust Coombe Dingle, Bristol BS9 2RR

    EDITOR,—Richard Horton wishes to lay the Jenner myth to rest for the final time.1 It was a common belief among farmers in the west country that previous infection with cowpox prevented small-pox. Acting on this, Benjamin Jesty, a farmer in Dorset, …

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