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  •  No, the one before it used actual live (1+ / 0-)
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    smallpox and even the cowpox one had a large risk of getting tetanus because they just used a knife which was often rusty to make the cut to rub the pus in.

    You have watched Faux News, now lose 2d10 SAN.

    by Throw The Bums Out on Tue Nov 12, 2013 at 04:21:12 AM PST

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    •  The earlier procedure using smallpox pus (0+ / 0-)

      was called "variolation"; the word "vaccination", which derives from the Latin for "cow", came into being once cowpox started being used.

      BTW, the tetanus risk wasn't because the knife was rusty, it's because it had likely been exposed to manure, which tetanus bacteria naturally live in.

      Personally, as a physician, I would be very concerned at a child becoming febrile after having ingested bleach or had it shot up his rectum—Orac (Respectful Insolence)

      by ebohlman on Tue Nov 12, 2013 at 01:28:46 PM PST

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