Inoculations In Ancient China -Will Strutton

Sometime in the middle of the tenth century, Chinese monks changed the world.

During the Song Dynasty, it was discovered that if a person underwent a minor infection of a disease, they would be better prepared for an actual form of the illness.

This led to the creation of something called an


This Was The Ancient Chinese Technique of Inoculation

1. First, a sample scab was taken from the skin of an ill person, and crushed up.

Smallpox's visible symptoms included lesions, small wart like bumps on the skin.

2. This powder was then placed into a long tube and blown into the nose of a healthy person. This would create a minor infection, which the patient would heal from quickly. After this, the patient would either never become ill from this disease or further infections would be quick and near harmless.

The reason why this worked Is that when a small infection was undertaken, the Immune System could easily stop it, but also learned how to stop it easily. From then on, the Immune System could quickly and efficiently kill that disease before it infected the body fully.

By the time of the 1600, this practice was considered standard, and had saved thousands of lives. It eventually evolved into the complex procedure known as vaccination.

Without this step in medicine, who knows where we would be today. Our world might still be ravaged by illnesses that one vaccine can easily prevent.

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