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Benjamin Jesty : Grandfather of Vaccination --  the definitive biography   


The reference biography contains more than 650 associated references




The list below is only a small selection of bibliography associated with the history of Benjamin Jesty





Wallace, M. The First Vaccinator. Wareham and Swanage: Anglebury-Bartlett, 1981


(now a little out of date)






Pead, P J, The Lancet, 2003,  vol 362, pp 2104 - 2109

Benjamin Jesty: new light in the dawn of vaccination


Pead, Patrick J, The Times, 2003, 13th December 

Smallpox Pioneer          


Pead, Patrick J, Wellcome History, 2005, Issue 30,  p7

The First Vaccinator's ‘Lost’ Portrait is Found


Pead, P J, The Lancet, 2006,  vol 368, p 2202.

The First Vaccinator Revealed               


Pead, Patrick J, The Edward Jenner Museum Newsletter, 2008, No. 3 pp 2 – 3

            The Interview


Pead, P J, Immunology News, 2010, Issue 17, pp 18 – 21
Benjamin Jesty: The First Pioneer of Vaccination  

       (with an editorial by Daniel Price on page 3)


Pead, Patrick J, Proceedings of the Somerset and Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Society, 2010, vol 131, pp 27 - 28

Dr Edward Jenner and Vaccination: a Dorset Connection?


Pead, Patrick J, Medical Sciences Historical Society Newsletter, 2010, No 42, p7

Benjamin Jesty: Dorset’s vaccination pioneer.


Pead, Patrick J, The Historian, 2011, No. 110, pp 27 – 29     (by invitation)

Benjamin Jesty: Grandfather of Vaccination

Article in Dorset Year Book 2013     Society of Dorset Men


Pead, Patrick J. J R Soc Med, 2014, 107, No 1, pp 6 -7.

The origins of vaccination: no inoculation, no vaccination


Pead, Patrick J.  Presentation at the 2011 Congress of the British Society for the History of Medicine at the University of Surrey. Edward Jenner – a Dorset connection?





Wellcome Trust Press Release, 2006, 27th June

Face of the Pioneer of the Smallpox Vaccination Revealed


Wellcome Trust News Release, 2006, 22nd September

“Great strength of mind” in a Rediscovered Portrait


Medical Sciences Historical Society Newsletter, 2006, No. 35,  p 8

Portrait of Benjamin Jesty acquired by the Wellcome Library


Wellcome News  2006, Issue 48, October, p7

Did Jesty Trump Jenner?


Wellcome Science 2006, Issue 4, November p35

Jesty Trumps Jenner


Wellcome Library Annual Review, 2006, pp 6 -7

Return of the Farmer


Wellcome Library Newsletter, 2006, 6th August

New Acquisition – Jesty Portrait


Dorset Life, 2006, No 328, p 40   Jesty memorial restored


Vaccines, 5th edition, Plotkin SA, Orenstein WA & Offit PA (editors)
pub Saunders, Philadelphia PA, 2008.

My photograph of the gravestone was requested and used as part of the frontispiece in this prestigious publication with notes on Jesty (referenced) in Chapter 1.


Dorset Echo, 2008, 14th January

Painting joy for pioneer’s family


Clinical Infectious Diseases , 2009,  vol 48,  No.4

The Jesty portrait formed the front cover of this journal

with text by Professor Sam Katz of Duke University, NC on Contents page


Professor Philip Strange, The Marshwood Vale Magazine, 2009, December

Dorset Pioneer


Dorset Echo, 2009, 10th October

Portrait of smallpox vaccine pioneer goes on show in Dorchester


Dorset Echo, 2009, 30th October

Benjamin’s happy return to Dorset


Schupbach W. Wellcome Library, 2010, 27th October

Jesty in Dorchester: return of the native


Dorset, 2010, January, pp 30 –31

Jesty’s homecoming






Pearson G et al. Report of The Original Vaccine Pock Institution. 1805; Edin Med Surg J, Vol 1, No. 4: pp 513 – 514.


Jenner, G C. The evidence at large, as laid before the committee of the House of Commons, respecting Dr Jenner’s discovery of vaccine inoculation, together with the debate: and some observations on the contravening evidence. London: J Murray, 1805.


Southey, C C. The Life of the Rev Andrew Bell. London: John Murray, 1844.


Haviland, A. The proto-martyr to vaccination. Lancet, 1862; Vol 2: p 291.


Crookshank, E M. History and Pathology of Vaccination. London: H K Lewis, 1889.


Bett W R. ‘Benjamin Jesty: A Forerunner of Jenner’ in St Bartholomew’s   Hospital Journal (1929) pp 88 – 89.


O’Malley J. ‘The Original Vaccine Inoculator’ in A Medical Bulletin, Vol II            No.4. Dagenham: May and Baker 1954.


Hammarsten J F, Tattersall W and Hammarsten J E. ‘Who discovered smallpox vaccination? Edward Jenner or Benjamin Jesty?’ in Trans Am Clin Climatol Ass, vol 90 (1979) pp 44 – 55.


Hart F D. ‘Benjamin Jesty, farmer vaccinator’ in The British Journal of Clinical      Practice, vol 42 No. 1 (1988) pp 33 – 34.


McCrae, T. Benjamin Jesty: a pre-Jennerian vaccinator. Johns Hopkins Hosp Bull, 1900; Vol 11: pp 42 – 44.Kilpatrick, D C. Farmer Jesty and the discovery of vaccination. 1993; J Clin Path, Vol 46: p 287.


Horton, G C. Myths in medicine. Br Med J, 1995; Vol. 310: p 62.


Gross, C P, and Sepkowitz, K A. The myth of the medical breakthrough: smallpox, vaccination, and Jenner reconsidered. Int J Infect Dis, 1998; Vol 3: pp 54 – 60.


Hunt J A. ‘Benjamin Jesty – A True Pioneer’ in The Pharmaceutical Journal,         vol 261 (1998) pp 978 – 981.


Jesty R and Williams G. ‘Who invented vaccination?’ in the Malta Medical Journal, vol 23 issue 2 (2011) pp 29 – 32.



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