Edward Jenner, Father of Vaccines

Gillray cartoon on vaccination against smallpox using cowpox serum, 1802. Ann Ronan Picture Library. --- Image by © Heritage Images/Corbis

Smallpox has been around longer than recorded history. It killed royalty, shifted the tides of battles, and was so terrifying that many religions have gods, saints and martyrs associated with it. And Edward Jenner gets the credit for changing all that.

Topics in this Podcast: vaccines, European history, British history, smallpox, medical history, 19th century, 18th century