Letter From Catherine the Great Shows Her Support for Inoculations

In a letter from 1787 to be sold at auction this week, the Russian empress called for widespread access to a precursor of the smallpox vaccine.

Letter From Catherine The Great Shows Her Support For Inoculations

The New York Times – by Amanda Holpuch

As smallpox outbreaks ravaged communities in the 18th century, one of the first people in Russia to embrace a precursor to vaccines was Catherine the Great, the empress famed for promoting the latest knowledge in the arts and sciences from her throne.

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