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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 Suttonian System

The Suttonian System

(p.48) Chapter 5 The Suttonian System
The Vaccination Controversy
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This chapter discusses the development of the Suttonian system of inoculation. In the eighteenth century the main obstacle to the mass implementation of inoculation was the costly and cumbersome procedures imposed by the medical profession. This prompted surgeon Robert Sutton to develop his own inoculation system, which, by 1762, was being employed with steadily increasing success. The practice prospered and expanded in step with the size of his family, until the day arrived when six of his sons had followed in their father's footsteps and were employing his method, or perhaps their own variation of it, over a large part of England and even on the Continent.

Keywords:   Robert Sutton, inoculation, smallpox, England

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