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Smallpox vaccination, colonial Sydney and serendipity

Med J Aust 2014; 200 (5): 295-297. || doi: 10.5694/mja13.11021

Accidental discovery of an 1841 smallpox vaccine specimen prompts consideration of its historical context — and extreme caution

November 2010, Western Sydney

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  • Kathryn M Weston1
  • Wendy C Gallagher2
  • James M Branley3,4

  • 1 Graduate School of Medicine, University of Wollongong, Wollongong, NSW.
  • 2 State Records Authority of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW.
  • 3 Pathology West, Nepean Hospital, Sydney, NSW.
  • 4 University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW.

Correspondence: kathw@uow.edu.au

Acknowledgements: 

We thank the staff at the Sydney West Public Health Unit, Penrith Office; the Institute of Clinical Pathology and Medical Research, Westmead Hospital; and the State Records Authority.

Competing interests:

No relevant disclosures.

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