Importance of the History of Medicine and Science

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Why should we be concerned about past advances and discoveries in both medicine and science? Shouldn’t we be focused on moving forward rather than looking back? The truth is that if there isn’t an understanding of the past new hypotheses and theories cannot be formulated. A case in point is the discovery of the smallpox vaccine by Edward Jenner in 1796. His crude method involved taking infectious material from the blister of a person infected with cowpox and inoculating it by scratching it into the arm of the recipient, who Jenner later challenged with material from a smallpox blister to confirm immunity. Advances during the time since he performed his first vaccination have seen the discovery of viruses, development of the germ theory of disease, and the understanding of immunological processes. His discovery and promotion of the smallpox vaccine resulted in the eradication of smallpox by 1980. Without scientists learning from and building on Jenner’s methods, vaccination success rates would not be what they are today.

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