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Richard Mead’s birthday
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English physician, Richard Mead, was born #OnThisDay in 1673.
After completing his education at the University of Utrecht, Mead started his medical practice in London, where soon he became a very popular doctor. Among his many prominent patients were Isaac Newton and king George II.
Mead was a strong supporter of variolation: infecting an individual with weak form of a smallpox to immunise against its fatal version. By insisting on this method he managed to save over 200 children from the Foundling Hospital. His most famous work, “A Short Discourse concerning Pestilential Contagion, and the Method to be used to prevent it”, was of historic importance in the understanding of transmissible diseases.
To read Mead’s works and letters, go to Europeana: http://bit.ly/1JSGEoN
Image: Dr Richard Mead, print after Allan Ramsay. Österreichische Nationalbibliothek – Austrian National Library, Public Domain
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