variolation


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variolation, variolization

inoculation against smallpox.
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Noun1.variolation - the obsolete process of inoculating a susceptible person with material taken from a vesicle of a person who has smallpox
inoculating, vaccinating - the act of protecting against disease by introducing a vaccine into the body to induce immunity; "doctors examined the recruits but nurses did the inoculating"
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395) Indeed, exposure to low doses of smallpox, the practice of variolation widely practiced in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, (396) was once the preferred means of preventing the disease.
This knowledge was applied as early as the 10th century in China to impart immunity to smallpox by inoculating the uninfected with a small amount of smallpox pus, a process known as variolation (from the Latin for smallpox, Variola).
Even variolation as eventually practised in Vietnam was an amalgamation of the Chinese version and Western-style vaccination.
We know more about smallpox, which preventive medicine in the form of variolation (introduced to the west by Lady Mary Montagu in the early eighteenth century) and vaccination (Edward Jenner, 1798), reduced from being the single biggest killer in eighteenth-century Britain to a minor cause of death by the mid-nineteenth century.
Immunization, for example, has been a staple of deployment readiness since General George Washington ordered variolation against smallpox for the Continental Army in 1777.
Variolation (the use of smallpox scabs from infected individuals to inoculate healthy individuals) was probably first used in China or India in the 11th century and moved to Europe via the Middle East and Turkey.
Deaton suggests the divergence arose from different health habits, with the gentry having the wherewithal to take advantage of fancy and expensive new medical technologies such as variolation to prevent smallpox and chinchona bark to treat malaria.
But they are proof of concept, something akin to what variolation was to modern vaccinations.