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date: 06 December 2019

Boylston, Zabdiellocked

(09 March 1680–01 March 1766)
  • Genevieve Miller


Boylston, Zabdiel (09 March 1680–01 March 1766), surgeon and first physician to perform smallpox inoculation in America, was born in Muddy River (now Brookline) near Boston, Massachusetts, the son of Thomas Boylston, a physician and farmer, and Mary Gardner. He began studying medicine with his father, who died when Zabdiel was fifteen, after which he continued with John Cutler, a leading physician and surgeon in Boston. The fact that he never obtained a college education haunted him throughout his life but may have contributed to his strong drive to succeed....

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