variolator

variolator

(ˈvɛərɪəˌleɪtɔː)
n
(Medicine) (before the introduction of vaccinations) someone who caused exposure to the smallpox virus to people (by, for example, collecting pus of affected patients) so as to promote immunity
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Smallpox has not re-emerged from an unrecognized human or animal reservoir, from a variolator's store of infected scabs, or infected cadaver, either unearthed or thawed.
However, during the era of eradication, 45 scab specimens were collected from variolators and tested 9 months after collection; live virus was not isolated from any of the specimens (35).
Jenner made his work freely available, which antagonised some variolators who saw the loss of a lucrative monopoly.