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Vaccines: An Evolving History

Special collections, objects, and artifacts for researching the history of vaccines, including development, use, hesitancy, and confidence.

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The purpose of this guide is to present historical resources relating to the history of vaccine use, particularly in the United States. To ask a question or arrange for collection access, submit a request to the reference team at the Center for the History of Medicine. 

THE COW-POCK, OR, THE WONDERFUL EFFECTS OF THE NEW INOCULATION!

The Cow-Pock, or, the Wonderful Effects of the New Inoculation!

As the first professional caricaturist in England, James Gillray is usually remembered for his political and royal satires, but this engraving, poking fun at the work of Edward Jenner, shows the dire consequences of injecting cowpox matter into humans.

Gillray, James, 1756-1815, “The Cow-Pock, or, the Wonderful Effects of the New Inoculation! ,” OnView: Digital Collections & Exhibits, accessed October 19, 2020, http://collections.countway.harvard.edu/onview/items/show/6632.

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