This unusual illustration of a child's arm with the distinctive mark of inoculation was inserted in Benjamin Waterhouse's own copy of The Origin of the Vaccine Inoculation (London : printed by D. N. Shury, 1801). The Origin was Edward Jenner's attempt to prove his claim to the priority of cowpox inoculation. He concludes the treatise with the words "An hundred thousand persons, upon the smallest computation, have been inoculated in these realms. The numbers who have partaken of its benefits throughout Europe and other parts of the Globe are incalculable: and it now becomes too manifest to admit of controversy, that the annihilation of the Small Pox, the most dreadful scourge of the human species, must be the final result of this practice."
Watercolor illustration of a child's arm with an inoculation mark, inserted into Benjamin Waterhouse's copy of The Origin of the Vaccine Inoculation by Edward Jenner
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1 watercolor painting
Gift of Louisa Lee Waterhouse to the Harvard College Library, 1858, and deposited in the Harvard Medical Library
Unknown, “Vaccine Inoculation,” OnView: Digital Collections & Exhibits, accessed September 27, 2020, https://collections.countway.harvard.edu/onview/items/show/6639.