London Vaccine Institution.Founded under the Mayoralty of Sir James Shaw, Baronet, M.P. Vice President. On The Recommendation of the Board Of Managers Founded on the Report of the Medical Council the London Vaccine Institution Receives Francis Cole Esqr. Surgeon &c. into the Number of its Honorary Members London 28th June 1822....[etc.]
Corresponding Actuary & Sub-Treasurer Andw. Johnstone, No. 52, Burr Street, Tower Hill, London.
Diploma of membership, signed and dated and completed in ink, etching and engraving, 376 x 324mm. Light spotting, mostly outside image.
The London Vaccine Institution was founded in 1806 by members of the Royal Jennerian Society, which was established in 1803 following Edward Jennerís (1749-1823) successful experiments in the 1790s, to give vaccinations on a wide scale. Vaccination is the procedure of introducing dead or inactivated disease-causing microorganisms into the body in order to promote the production of antibodies in the body, providing immunity against the disease. The first successful vaccination was carried out by Jenner in 1798, against smallpox. A highly decorative diploma by James George Oben (1779 - 1819), a strong impression on paper watermarked 'J. Whatman 1819'.
For a similar diploma for 1833 see BM: 1868,1212.652.
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