Edward Jenner and the Small Pox Vaccine
English physician Edward Ballard noted that cowpox transmitted from human to human seemed to be declining in potency over time. He recommended. Smallpox vaccine, the first successful vaccine to be developed, was introduced by Edward .. Jenner assumed a causal connection but the idea was not taken up at that time. He concluded that cowpox inoculation was a safe alternative to smallpox inoculation, but rashly claimed that the protective effect was lifelong. Edward Jenner, who discovered that it is possible to vaccinate against Small Pox using material from Cow Pox, is rightly the man who started the science of.
Jenner, Although these considerations from the medical establishment temporarily dissuaded Jenner from following his intuition, he persisted in his thoughts, and collected over the years a wealth of experience from variolating people who had previously contracted the Cow Pox. After 20 years of general practice, in Jenner was awarded the MD degree from St.
Andrews University, Scotland, upon the recommendation of two of his longtime friends, as well as the payment of a fee, evidently a common practice at the time Saunders, Accordingly, now able to advertise himself as a physician and surgeon, MD, FRS, he gave up general practice and became a private consultant.
Also, he now had time to organize and write-up his experiences with variolation of individuals who had a history of a prior illness due to the Cow Pox. He played the violin, drew well, and fancied himself as a poet. He kept a good table, was an interesting host, conversant in a variety of subjects, and was well regarded both professionally and socially by a wide range of colleagues and friends, many of whom were very influential, politically, and socially.
InJenner submitted a manuscript to the Royal Society, which described the case histories of 13 people who had resisted either variolation or natural Small Pox after having a history of Cow Pox.
Sir Joseph Banks evidently was not too impressed by the manuscript, as he sent it on to Lord Somerville, President of the Board of Agriculture.
Eventually, the manuscript was simply returned without being read to the Royal Society. Rebuffed by the Royal Society, Jenner extended the manuscript with additional case histories, eventually comprising 25 individuals with a history of having had Cow Pox: Most important, Jenner added a description of at least nine individuals who were injected with Cow Pox, of whom four he variolated and found to resist Small Pox.
With this enhanced manuscript, Jenner arranged to have it published in London at his own expense, thereby circumventing the Royal Society Jenner, Several points made by Jenner via these case histories are noteworthy. For example, in case number four, he describes a woman who had Cow Pox 31 years prior to variolation in Upon inoculation of Small Pox, an effervescence of a palish red color soon appeared about the parts where the variolous matter was inserted, and spread itself rather extensively, but died away in a few days without producing any variolous symptoms.
It is remarkable that variolous matter, when the system is disposed to reject it, should excite inflammation on the part to which it is applied more speedily than when it produces the Small Pox. Thus, this is perhaps the first description of an anamnestic immune response! In case six, Jenner states It is so well known among our Dairy Farmers, that those who have had the Small Pox either escape the Cow Pox, or are disposed to have it slightly.
Thus, as soon as the complaint shews itself among the cattle, assistants are procured who have had the Small Pox, and are thus rendered less susceptible of the Cow Pox.
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From to Jenner received advanced training in London at St Georges Hospital and as the private pupil of John Hunterthen returned to set up practice in Berkeley.
This confirmed his childhood suspicion, and he studied cowpox further, presenting a paper on it to his local medical society. Perhaps there was already an informal public understanding of some connection between disease resistance and working with cattle. The "beautiful milkmaid " seems to have been a frequent image in the art and literature of this period.
But it is known for certain that in the years followingat least six people in England and Germany Sevel, Jensen, JestyRendall, Plett tested successfully the possibility of using the cowpox vaccine as an immunization for smallpox in humans. Jenner took the opportunity to test his theory.
He inoculated James Phippsthe eight-year-old son of his gardener, with material taken from the cowpox lesions on Sarah's hand.
After a mild fever and the expected local lesion James recovered after a few days.
Smallpox and Cowpox Vesicles
About two months later Jenner inoculated James on both arms with material from a case of smallpox, with no effect; the boy was immune to smallpox. Exposure to the cowpox virus builds immunity to the smallpox virus. Cowpox virus is injected into the bloodstream. The virus enters the cells and a mild fever develops.
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T-cells recognize the antigen as a threat. Activated T-cells replicate, and their offspring become memory T-cells. Antibodies are produced and destroy the virus. When exposed to the smallpox virus, the immune system is resistant. Smallpox virus is injected into the bloodstream.
Memory T cells recognize the virus. The process above shows the steps taken by Edward Jenner to create vaccination. Jenner did this by inoculating James Phipps with cowpox, a similar virus to smallpox, to create immunity, unlike variolation, which used smallpox to create an immunity to itself. Jenner sent a paper reporting his observations to the Royal Society in April Its contents are unknown.
It was not submitted formally and there is no mention of it in the Society's records.
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Jenner had sent the paper informally to Sir Joseph Banksthe Society's president, who asked Everard Home for his views. His report, published for the first time inwas sceptical and called for further vaccinations.
It is not known how many Jenner vaccinated or challenged by inoculation with smallpox virus; e.
Case 21 included 'several children and adults'. Crucially all of at least four who Jenner deliberately inoculated with smallpox virus resisted it. These included the first and last patients in a series of arm-to-arm transfers. He concluded that cowpox inoculation was a safe alternative to smallpox inoculation, but rashly claimed that the protective effect was lifelong. This last proved to be incorrect. Modern research suggests Jenner was trying to distinguish between effects caused by what would now be recognised as noninfectious vaccine, a different virus e.
This caused confusion at the time, but would become important criteria in vaccine development. This was criticised at the time but vaccines derived from horsepox were soon introduced and later contributed to the complicated problem of the origin of vaccinia virusthe virus in present-day vaccine.
John Clinchboyhood friend and medical colleague of Jenner. The physician Valentine Seaman gave his children a smallpox vaccination using a serum acquired from Jenner. He returned to Spain in In Jesty, a farmer of Yetminster in Dorsetobserving that the two milkmaids living with his family were immune to smallpox, inoculated his family with cowpox to protect them from smallpox.
He attracted a certain amount of local criticism and ridicule at the time then interest waned. Attention was later drawn to Jesty, and he was brought to London in by critics jealous of Jenner's prominence at a time when he was applying to Parliament for financial reward. However, the Faculty favoured variolation and took no action. He may have done some cowpox inoculations in at about the same time that Jenner vaccinated Phipps.
However Fewster, who had a flourishing variolation practice, may have considered this option but used smallpox instead. He thought vaccination offered no advantage over variolation, but maintained friendly contact with Jenner and certainly made no claim of priority for vaccination when critics attacked Jenner's reputation.
Therefore, Jenner was not the first to try cowpox inoculation. However, he was the first to publish his evidence and distribute vaccine freely, provide information on selection of suitable material, and maintain it by arm-to-arm transfer.
As vaccination spread, some European countries made it compulsory. Concern about its safety led to opposition and then repeal of legislation in some instances. Byparents could be fined for non-compliance, and then imprisoned for non-payment. Cowpox undisturbed by the milkers' hands, has no existence in the originating cow. It is the persistent irritation that makes it a pox. Secretions from this diseased material were then taken from the cow, mixed with various compounds and rendered into a preparation.
This material was then administered to persons by applying it to broken skin. Forced vaccination in England was discontinued in after a Royal Commission, upon which Dr.
Creighton and playwright George Bernard Shaw sat, determined that smallpox vaccine caused epidemics of several diseases -- including smallpox and syphilis. William Collins in It would seem to us, however, that the theory that cowpox is but modified smallpox, is the most tenable one. Particularly does it seem true in view of the facts reported by Dr. Monkton Copeman, Director of the Government Vaccine Work in London, that he had been able to transmit smallpox virus to monkeys, from monkeys to heifers, and from heifers to man, the resulting vaccination on the human subject being identically the same as that produced by vaccine as originally prepared.
It was well-known at the time that mass and mandated vaccination against smallpox, as previously stated, was responsible for epidemics of syphilis.