“It was probably in early 1803, as Jenner’s fame swelled and more doctors were adopting vaccination, when Bell met a farmer with a curious story. The farmer’s name was Benjamin Jesty, from the Downshay farm in a nearby village. Seeing the growing practice of vaccination, Jesty was eager to tell his story and claimed he deserved rewards just like Jenner. Bell, probably intrigued, recorded Jesty’s account.”
Rod Tanchanco is an internal medicine physician and can be reached on Twitter @rodtmd. He is the author of First Patients: The incredible true stories of pioneer patients.
He shares his story and discusses his KevinMD article, “Farmer Jesty’s bold experiment.”
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