Category: Body | Type: Glossary Word | Title: David Copperfield (in Context) | Author: Charles Dickens | Ch: I Am Sent Away from Home

Or cowpox, a disease in cows. The Englishman Dr. Edward Jenner in 1798 discovered that vaccinating a human with cowpox afforded at least partial protection against smallpox. I don't know if cowpox can be transmitted to humans other than by vaccination. If not, the waiter seems to be seeking sympathy by suggesting his family is ill owing to having been vaccinated with cowpox.

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