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Jurin describes the case of a woman who becomes re-infected with smallpox through close contact with smallpox pustules, noting that pustules appear on her body only where direct contact has been made with an infected person. Jurin proposes that skin-to-skin contact is therefore more effective than effluvium in transmitting smallpox.

Subject: Medicine / Virology / Epidemiology / Communicable diseases

Published in Philosophical Transactions as 'An account of a remarkable instance of the infection of the Small Pox'

Read to the Royal Society on 25 October 1722

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October 1722
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6 pages

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James Jurin

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James Jurin, Paper, 'Account of a person who became infected with smallpox' by James Jurin, October 1722, CLP/14ii/14, The Royal Society Archives, London,, accessed on 21 April 2024

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    Dates: 1592-1741

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