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Zhonghua Yi Shi Za Zhi. 2000 Jul;30(3):133-7.

[Spread of Chinese variolation art to the western world and its influence].

[Article in Chinese]

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Beijing Medical University 10083.


Smallpox inoculation or variolation is a great invention of medicine in ancient China. In this paper, we introduced the process of spread of smallpox inoculation technique from China to western world (mainly to England), and reviewed the royal experiment of smallpox inoculation on human being and its influence on the prevention of smallpox in western countries. The spread and practice of smallpox inoculation in western world was an important event in the history of intercommunication between eastern and western medicines, which is worth emphasizing and further studying.

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