Cupping set used by Edward Jenner, late 18th century.
3 5 c m
40cm
actual image size: 32cm x 27cm

Cupping set used by Edward Jenner, late 18th century.

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An incomplete cupping set comprising one scarificator, three cupping glases, a bottle, a canister, and a kettle in a mahogany case, used by Edward Jenner. This is ordinary equipment all surgeons would have owned. The English doctor Edward Jenner (1749-1823) introduced vaccination in 1796. His scientific investigations, published in 1798, showed that fluid taken from a human with cowpox could be used more safely for vaccinations than could variolation - inoculating non-infected people with fluid from pustules of smallpox sufferers.
 

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10284520
 

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