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Yasmine MARCIL

Literary periodicals and the La Condamine campaign for inoculation against smallpox

Le Temps des médias n° 23, Hiver 2014, p. 66-77.

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The debate over smallpox vaccination, during the seocnd half of the 18th century, went well beyond medical schools and became a controversial topic in the public sphere. This article focuses on the campaign led by well-known scholar Charles-Marie La Condamine, and its reception in five literary journals, which take a firm stand when at the core of the debate is the legitimacy of physicians as the sole authorities on matters of health.

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