Edward Jenner: Conqueror of Smallpox (Great Minds of Science)
In the eighteenth century, when Edward Jenner lived, people all over the world lived in fear of a disease called smallpox. Thanks to Jenner's pioneering use of vaccination, the disease would eventually be eradicated. The last known case of smallpox was finally isolated in 1977. By 1980, the disease was declared completely eliminated. Edward Jenner's work with smallpox opened a new era in medicine, providing hope for humanity by showing that diseases could be fought and eventually defeated.