The Best Monument to Jenner
Medical Practitioners, Disease, Vaccination, Heroism
Reports on a young lady who refused to contribute towards the statue of Edward Jenner on the grounds that her clear complexion was testimony enough to the power of 'Jenner's discovery'. Accordingly, Punch suggests that 'every handsome lady' who has been saved from the ravages of smallpox should 'take her turn in standing for one hour only of her lifetime' on a pedestal in Trafalgar Square (the proposed site of the Jenner statue).
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