Jenner’s Marvellous Medicine
Press release issued: 17 November 2010
Mark Horton, Professor in Archaeology in the University of Bristol’s Department of Archaeology and Anthropology, will tell the epic story of how Edward Jenner saved billions of lives. Jenner’s Marvellous Medicine will be broadcast tonight, Wednesday 17 November at 7.30 pm on BBC Four.
Jenner’s Marvellous Medicine will be broadcast tonight, Wednesday 17 November at 7.30 pm on BBC Four.
Professor Horton is a trustee of the Jenner Museum in the Gloucestershire village of Berkeley. He argues a statue of Jenner that was erected in Trafalgar Square before being ousted by campaigners opposed to vaccinations should now be restored to its original position.
The documentary is part of a season of programmes telling a history of the world using objects in museums. Mark Horton's chosen object is a cow horn reputed to have come from Blossom the cow, from whom an extract of cowpox was famously extracted to create the vaccination for smallpox.