Variolation; the fore-runner to vaccination | Extra Life: A Short History of Living Longer

Around 1700, an enslaved man who was trafficked to Boston brought with him the knowledge of variolation, a procedure unknown in the West. The practice of variolation is of unknown origin, but it formed the foundation for the discovery of vaccination.

Clip Info
  • Clip length: 5'24''
  • Broadcast year: 2021
Curriculum Connection
  • Biology | Infection and response | Treating, curing and preventing disease | Vaccinations

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  • Provider: BBC
  • Channel: BBC Four
  • Programme: Extra Life: A Short History of Living Longer
  • Series: 1
  • Episode: Vaccines