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The Great InoculatorThe Untold Story of Daniel Sutton and his Medical Revolution$
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Gavin Weightman

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780300241440

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300241440.001.0001

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Sutton Misses the Boat

Sutton Misses the Boat

(p.68) 8 Sutton Misses the Boat
The Great Inoculator

Gavin Weightman

Yale University Press

This chapter describes how, by 1766, Daniel Sutton had reached his zenith, apparently untroubled by the competition of Thomas Dimsdale and others who believed they had discovered the secrets of his success. It was then that Sutton learned that a whole new world of riches awaited him and his acolytes across the Channel. Smallpox was rife in Europe and Russia and yet inoculation was rarely practised and fiercely opposed where it was attempted. But news of the success of Suttonian inoculation, promoted indirectly by the translation of Dimsdale's guide to the 'modern method' attracted the attention of royalty, who were as vulnerable to the scourge of smallpox as their subjects. England produced the most skilled inoculators and a demand for their services grew. Sutton's name would be top of the list and an early approach was made to him.

Keywords:   Daniel Sutton, Thomas Dimsdale, smallpox, Europe, Russia, inoculation, Suttonian inoculation, England, inoculators

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