Edward Jenner and the history of smallpox and vaccination

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1200696/

During the French-Indian War (1754–1767), Sir Jeffrey Amherst, the commander of the British forces in North America, suggested the deliberate use of smallpox to diminish the American Indian population hostile to the British

The Latin word for cow is vacca, and cowpox is vaccinia; Jenner decided to call this new procedure vaccination

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