Just wanted to say Edward Jenner discovered the smallpox vaccine from milkmaids exposed to cowpox virus were found to be immune to smallpox. So he tested it on a little boy by inoculating him with cowpox;) Not ethical today, of course. Lister was a physician who started the use of antiseptics which saved thousands of lives brought on by L. Pasteur's discovery of how micro-organisms cause infection.
"vacca" means cow. K, onto HPV vaccination after my little history lessen
Ah, I learned so much in microbiology this year! LOL If I were younger, I would totally be a biologist;)
I stand corrected and had my professors mixed up, as a nursing student you will have a better memory of the lectures. Jenner innoculated the children of the Lady Mary Wortley Montague, who had suffered the disease as a young woman and a brother who died from the disease. Because Lady Montague had the innoculation given to her children the idea quickly spread throught the English aristocracy and was accepted as a Public Health measure.
Lister identified and named bacteria as the cause of infection, and introduced the strict aseptic technique used today. Along with Pasteur, he lead the fight against disease and increased public sanitation. The first public sewage system was developed in London, though the city of Baghdad had a working sewer 6000 years ago.