Jenner/Clinch Book on Loan from Harvard

In October 2010, staff of Special Collections worked with Dr. Jim Connor, John Clinch Professor of Medical Humanities and History of Medicine at Memorial University, to borrow a first edition copy of Edward Jenner’s An inquiry into the causes and effects of the variolae vaccinae: a disease discovered in some of the western counties of England, particularly Gloucestershire, and known by the name of the cow pox from the Rare Books collection of the Countway Library, Harvard Medical School. This copy of the book was inscribed by the Edward Jenner to John Clinch (1748-1819) of Trinity, Newfoundland as follows: “For the Rev. John Clinch from his affectionate friend the author”. John Clinch is credited as the first practitioner in North America to employ the Jennerian process of vaccinating against smallpox using cowpox. The work was the centerpiece of a book display at the Centre for Newfoundland Studies in support of the 36th Annual Conference of the Canadian Society for 18th-Century Studies. Memorial is grateful to Jack Eckert of the Countway library for making this loan possible.

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