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Vaccination: Medicine and the masses

Tuesday 19 April to Saturday 17 September 2016

Qvist Gallery, Hunterian Museum

detail from The Cowpox Tragedy by George CruikshankFrom our early days to our advancing years vaccination is a routine part of healthcare in Britain. Nationwide vaccination programmes for everything from whooping cough to the HPV virus help prevent us from getting sick and vaccination is being used to fight an increasing number of diseases. However there has also been a long history of resistance to state sponsored programmes of vaccination.

This exhibition charts the ever-changing relationship between the medical profession and the public through this controversial topic, highlighting the contributions of laypeople to the development of vaccination as well as the ways in which the public have resisted its use.

This exhibition and its supporting events were part of the Constructing Scientific Communities project and have been generously supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

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