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  • Series: Great Minds Series
  • Paperback: 78 pages
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books (May 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1573920649
  • ISBN-13: 978-1573920643
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.6 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,584 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 28, 1999
Format: Paperback
I'm always in awe of the great science pioneers that have gone before us. This brief book provides a peak into the thoughts and methods of one of those pioneers. As long as the reader keeps in mind the literary style of the time as well as the level of maturity of scientific experimentation, they will find this book to be inspiring and useful. I especially recommend this book to future scientists and those interested in the history of science.
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By iman on August 29, 2014
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Book was exactly as described, but i ordered it two weeks before class and it only arrived halfway through the first week
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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful By K. Dinh on May 6, 2009
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To say that Edward Jenner's "Vaccination Against Smallpox" was a dull read is comparable to saying that hell is a bit warm. While trudging through this oeuvre, I could not help but imagine myself doing more enjoyable things--like punching myself repeatedly, or walking through a bed of hot coals, or even sitting through a Dane Cook routine...Well, that's taking it too far, maybe not the last one. I consider myself a proponent of primary sources, but my point is not to make the mistake of reading this word for word. Jenner is very thorough in documenting all of his cases, but they are more or less the same. Furthermore, the deluge of letters from his peers is redundant and not at all necessary even in the rhetorical sense.
Nonetheless, the importance of this work should not be diminished. In the context of medical science in the 18th century, this dissertation was a breakthrough; it employs many of the fixtures of modern experimental science we take for granted today: objectivity, theory, and most importantly, reproducibility. Jenner constructs a convincing argument that is grounded upon fact and direct observation despite the lack of strict controls (as is seen from his confusion about the source of Vaccinia) and rigorous statistical analysis. Unfortunately, it has none of the minimalist laconism that is apparent in the slim majority of the scientific literature today. "Vaccination" was probably conceived to convince Jenner's peers that vaccination was indeed a viable and safer alternative to Variolation. That purpose today is moot, since smallpox has been eradicated, but it is worth skimming to gain knowledge of the context of Jenner's work.
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3 of 18 people found the following review helpful By whale.to on February 13, 2011
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Firstly, the vaccine hoax:

'Vaccines did not save humanity and never will. Vaccines have never been proven truly safe ...Smallpox was not eradicated by vaccines as many doctors readily say it was. They say this out of conditioning rather than out of understanding the history or science. Polio virus was not responsible for the paralysis in the first part of the 20th century. Polio vaccine research, development, testing and distribution has committed atrocities upon primates and humanity. Bill Gates is not a humanitarian. Vaccines are dangerous and should never be injected into anyone for any reason. They are not the answer to infectious diseases. There are many more sustainable and benevolent solutions than vaccines,.---Suzanne Humphries, MD Dissolving Illusions: Disease, Vaccines, and The Forgotten History

Quotes that sum up Jenner:

"In a recent letter from Dr. A. Ward of the Pathology Department, University of Hong Kong, in which he requests permission to use some of our findings in his textbook on immunology, Dr. Ward states: "I again like you do not worship Louis Pasteur and I consider Edward Jenner to be one of the great criminals of history.' "---Dr Kalokerinos

It was an open secret in the profession that the great discoverer was a disappointing person at close quarters. He was vain, petulant, crafty, and greedy ; he had more of grandiloquence and bounce than of solid attainments. In London, at least, his presence was a bore, and his reputation an incubus, which the profession, outside his own small following, would have gladly got rid of.
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1 of 15 people found the following review helpful By M. L. Baker Munton on June 13, 2011
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While this book is a mind-numbingly dull read, it is a wonderful insight into just what a foundation of sand the entire vaccine industry has been build upon. It is incredulous to me how any sane person of the time could read this and conclude that a small study of 13 people, with no control patients and no patient follow-up could possibly prove anything. The proof seems little more than jabbing someone in the arm with some puss from a cow's udder, seeing an inflamation at the inoculation site and declaring the patient to have life-long immunity from smallpox.

Of course, Jenner's various claims have been disproved numerous times, so why is this fabled tale still the bedrock of our belief in vaccination? - probably because so few have actually read it.
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