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This month’s update adds 48 portrait likenesses from the collections of the Royal College of Physicians, with an introduction by Ludmilla Jordanova, to accompany lives which reflect the varieties of medical practice in the early modern period. Read the introduction here.
The career of John Ring, who held the prestigious post of surgeon to St Thomas’s Hospital, was dominated by his advocacy of smallpox vaccination. He was a leading light in the Royal Jennerian Society, which provided free vaccination at vaccine stations across London.