A Brief History of Vaccines

  • Andrew W. Artenstein
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Abstract

Heading almost due west from London, the train passes city outskirts and urban fringe housing before the landscape becomes progressively more suburban, replete with upscale homes for those commuting between Bristol and the capital. Travel slightly farther north, and the surroundings quickly become quite rural. Here, within Gloucestershire County, approximately 150 km from London, lying in the valley formed by the east bank of the River Severn, is the 1,200-year-old, bucolic town of Berkeley. Being there, one feels immediately transported back to an earlier time—the eighteenth century—in which local medical practitioners like Edward Jenner rode on horseback to their appointed rounds, gathering afterwards for informal discussions of their cases at The Ship tavern—itself already 200 years old at the time—over lunch and beer.

Keywords

Influenza Tuberculosis Bacillus Meningitis Microbe 

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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  • Andrew W. Artenstein
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  1. 1.Department of MedicineBaystate HealthSpringfieldUSA

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