How Mary Wortley Montagu's bold experiment led to smallpox vaccine — 75 years before Jenner | Curio

How Mary Wortley Montagu's bold experiment led to smallpox vaccine — 75 years before Jenner

7 mins | Apr 8, 2021

The aristocrat who inspired Edward Jenner. On the 300th anniversary of the first inoculation, Donna Ferguson examines the work of Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, a trailblazing scientist and feminist who successfully inoculated her daughter against smallpox and pathed the way for the invention of the modern-day vaccine.

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From The Guardian