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The Vaccination ControversyThe Rise, Reign and Fall of Compulsory Vaccination for Smallpox$
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Stanley Williamson

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9781846310867

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846314216

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The Language of Figures

The Language of Figures

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(p.40) Chapter 4 The Language of Figures
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The Vaccination Controversy
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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/UPO9781846314216.004

This chapter discusses the compilation of statistics on inoculation. In December 1723 Dr Jurin, Secretary to the Royal Society, published an advertisement calling on physicians, surgeons, apothecaries, and others to submit information on each person they inoculated, including name, age, and the effect of inoculation on the patient. The willingness of medical practitioners to respond to Jurin's advert made it easy to compile reasonably accurate statistics on the number of inoculations carried out per annum. A more challenging problem was the collection of reliable information on topics of wider significance: how much natural smallpox was there about at any one time, and how many people of all ages were dying of it?

Keywords:   inoculation, statistics, smallpox, Dr Jurin, mortality

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