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cow + pox
Jenner identified that she had caught cowpox from the cows she handled each day.
An illness with no serious effects on humans, cowpox caused lesions on cows' udders which then could spread to dairymaids' hands.
When Jenner did variolations on milkmaids who had had cowpox, they never came down with smallpox.
James caught the cowpox, recovered, and then Jenner variolated him.
Cowpox was a localized condition, so fresh supplies were hard to get.
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