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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