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The Great Inoculator: The Untold Story of Daniel Sutton and his Medical Revolution

Gavin Weightman


Smallpox was the scourge of the eighteenth century: it showed no mercy, almost wiping out whole societies. Young and old, poor and royalty were equally at risk — unless they had survived a previous attack. Daniel Sutton, a young surgeon from Suffolk, used this knowledge to pioneer a simple and effective inoculation method to counter the disease. His technique paved the way for Edward Jenner's discovery of vaccination — but, while Jenner is revered, Sutton has been vilified for not widely revealing his methods until later in life. This book reclaims Sutton's importance, showing how the clinicia ... More

Keywords: smallpox, Daniel Sutton, inoculation, Edward Jenner, vaccination, disease

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780300241440
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300241440.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gavin Weightman, author