The Story of Edward Jenner

Topics: Edward Jenner, Vaccination, Smallpox vaccine Pages: 3 (818 words) Published: September 24, 2011
The Story of Edward Jenner
April D. Nutt
National American University
Intro to Medical Assisting ME1100
September 20, 2011
Ms. Jennifer Brinkmeier

The Story of Edward Jenner

On May 17 1749, Edward Anthony was born into the Jenner family within a small, rural section of Dorsetshire, England. He was the eighth of what would be nine children; a normal family size during the 1700’s. Edward’s father was happily employed as the vicar of Dorsetshire, which resulted in a strong educational foundation for Edward’s siblings; Edward was only 5 years old when his parents both died. Edward’s oldest brother took the responsibility of raising the family and passing the education his father gave him unto the younger children. That education became his ticket for recognition among several highly respected local physicians and surgeons. At the age of 13, Edward started his training among medical professionals in South Gloucestershire and was chosen to be the apprentice to Daniel Ludlow (a surgeon) for eight years. In 1770 just after having completed his apprenticeship with Ludlow, Edward started to practice at St. George’s Hospital in London, England under the surgeon John Hunter. He was barely 21 years old. (SWB, 2004) Three years later Edward returned to his home to become one of the most successful physicians and surgeons practicing in Dorsetshire. He decided along with several other providers in the area to form a medical society in Rodborough, Gloucestershire in order to read papers on medical subjects while sharing experiences, findings, and theories. Later, this group would be called the Gloucestershire Medical Society or the Fleece Medical Society because they frequently met within the Fleece Inn, Rodborough. (Jenner, 1909-14) Edward had become accustomed to the fatalities that Smallpox often claimed, since the disease had been present far longer than he had been alive. The idea of injecting healthy subjects with smallpox scabs or even the pus...
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