Jenner: full recognition at last

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: (Published 11 May 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:1210
  1. Empson John

    In 1796 Jenner established the means by which the world was to be rid of smallpox. Dr Edward Jenner, MD, FRS, (1749-1823) made his discovery from his observation of the immunity of milkmaids in his native Gloucestershire to the “speckled monster,” as smallpox was then known. His principal monument to commemorate this great contribution is in Kensington Gardens. He sits there reflectively, chin in hand, but only the name “Jenner” was inscribed on his pedestal. The statue …

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