Thanks to Kevin Barry and JB Handley for this info on FB. The title alone piqued my interest - I had once written a Huffpo titled "Dr. Paul Offit, Pope of the Church of the Immaculate Vaccination." Vaccines have had a mythical, pseudo-religious status since their very earliest days it seems. "The Temple of Vaccinia" is rather regal sounding, don't you think? . In reality, they are a century plus long Tuskegee experiment.
Before Caitlin, before Bruce, there was another famous Jenner. Edward. Dr. Edward Jenner (see below.)
Vaccines have been an experiment since the first patient, James Phipps, patient of Edward Jenner. To be sure most of early medicine has been trial and error - long before there were any approval/safety processes in place. I happen to know that early cryo-freezing of the cornea for cataract surgery in the 1960s was conducted in Connecticut without safety approval or knowledge beyond the surgeon and the technicians who invented the technology. A nurse was outraged, and yet the surgery continued. The result was a highly successful company and a huge improvement in cataract surgery. America was built on risk taking. But should that theory apply to our kids health in 2016? Today's pediatric vaccine schedule remains a mass experiment. Ask your doctor to show you the safety data from the government or vaccine manufacturers on the cumulative safety of the pediatric schedule. Bring a pillow, a blanket and a Kindle loaded with books. It will be a long time before you get an answer. KIM
Jenner publicised the case of James Phipps as a success story to promote his new method of vaccination. We do not know if James or his father were paid for the experiment, but later in life Jenner definitely rewarded his first test subject. When James Phipps was married with children, Jenner gave him a free lease on a house. Phipps was grateful to Jenner, and attended the physician's funeral on 3 February 1823. However, if the experiment had gone wrong, Jenner would probably have kept quiet about it, and James Phipps would have been forgotten, like many other victims of medical experimentation. From ScienceMuseum.org/uk.