4. A Cure for Smallpox

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Credit – Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine

Dr. Benjamin Page.

Dr.Benjamin Page, one of the first physicians to practice medicine in Hallowell, lived here. Dr. Page was an associate of Dr. Benjamin Vaughan who followed discoveries in science and medicine. Dr. Vaughan learned of the successful experiments of London surgeon Dr. Edward Jenner in developing a vaccine against smallpox.

Portrait du Dr. Benjamin Vaughan

Dr. Benjamin Vaughan.

In 1800, Dr. Vaughan obtained samples of the vaccine from Dr. Jenner and provided them to Dr. Page, who administered them here in one of the first field trials of an experimental vaccine in the history of American medicine. Results were reported to Jenner in London and helped win Parliamentary approval for widespread distribution of the vaccine. Dr. Vaughan did not practice medicine, but collaborated with Dr. Page assisting when a yellow fever epidemic threatened Hallowell.

 

 

Credit – James Gillray

Smallpox and Inoculation Hospital at St. Pancras,

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