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Benjamin Jesty. Oil painting by M.W. Sharp, 1805.

  • Sharp, Michael William, -1840.
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Jesty is the first person recorded as having inoculated a person with cowpox matter in order to protect against smallpox--the procedure subsequently known as vaccination. He carried out this procedure on his wife and sons in Dorset in 1774, some twenty years before Edward Jenner carried out the same operation independently in Gloucestershire



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1 painting : oil on canvas ; canvas 143 x 113 cm

References note

Patrick J. Pead, Vaccination rediscovered, Chichester 2006, frontispiece and pp. 62-72
William Schupbach, 'Jesty trumps Jenner', Wellcome science, issue 4, November 2006, p. 35
Patrick J. Pead, 'Benjamin Jesty: the first vaccinator revealed', The lancet, 23 December 2006, vol. 368, p. 2202
Patrick J. Pead, Benjamin Jesty: Dorset's vaccination pioneer, Chichester 2009, pp. 27-30 and front cover
Patrick J. Pead, Benjamin Jesty: grandfather of vaccination, Chichester 2016, pp. 103-139 and front cover
The Jesty Family Tree website, , accessed 1 December 2007. On a related website there is also a page specifically on Benjamin Jesty:̃jjesty/tree/no_benjamin.html


Wellcome Library no. 654136i

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