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VACCINATION. BY HORATIO N. HOLLIFIELD, M. D., SANDERSVILLE, GA. Near the close of the last century, it was considered that all mankind, at some period of their lives, must necessarily be affected with that loathsome disease known as smallpox, which was the terror of all—its ravages being fearful, and its results terribly fatal. It was at the time when this much dreaded disease was slaying its thousands, and depopulating towns and villages, that the great and immortal Edward Jenner gave to the world the result of his investigations in reference to the cow.pox as a preventive of this terrible scourge, and boldly announced, in seventeen hundred and ninety-eight, his discovery to the members of the medical profession, as a fixed fact.
The mind of Jenner was first directed to the investigation of this subject from a remark made in his hearing, by a young woman from the country, while he was yet an apprentice. Small-pox being spoken of in her presence, she observed, “I cannot take that disease, for I have had cow-pox." This simple statement of the girl made such a deep impression upon his mind that it was never effaced. It caused him, after he had commenced the practice of medicine, to investigate the subject thoroughly; to inquire fully into all the facts connected with it that came to his knowledge; to examine it in all its bearings; to scrutinize it in all its varied relations; and to experiment to such an extent as at last to become fully satisfied with the result of