You’ll no doubt have heard that Britain has become the first country in the West to authorise the use of a COVID-19 vaccine. This hugely significant announcement brings hope to millions.
What you may not know is that this isn’t the first time Britain has been at the forefront of Western efforts to immunise people against a life-threatening virus. The 18th century aristocrat Lady Mary Wortley Montagu revolutionised Western medicine when she brought smallpox immunisation to Britain. The story of how this inquisitive noblewoman became a medical pioneer is fascinating.Continue reading “The British Aristocrat Who Helped to Conquer the Deadly Smallpox Virus”