Ampoule of smallpox vaccine in original carton, England, 1907

1907 in London
Jenner Insitute for Calf Lymph

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Ampoule of vaccine in original carton, by the Jenner Institute for Calf Lymph Ltd., English

Calf lymph infected with smallpox was used to vaccinate people against the disease. Originally lymph was taken from the pustules of people already vaccinated. The use of this human lymph was banned in 1898 as it was feared other diseases such as syphilis were being spread through this type of vaccination.


Public Health & Hygiene
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glass, materia medica and paper
  • drug
  • furnishing and equipment
  • container - receptacle
  • vessel

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