Gavin Weightman is a historian and former documentary filmmaker. He has written extensively on the history of science, and is the author of Eureka, The Frozen Water Trade, and The Industrial Revolutionaries.
Adding a new angle...The Great Inoculator tells the forgotten story of Daniel Sutton, a lowly surgeon from Essex who became an inoculation entrepreneur. -Kate Womersley, The Spectator Weightman relates [this story] with clarity and verve. -Gareth Williams, BBC History Magazine 'Best Books of 2020' 'This engagingly written account shows the debt Jenner owed to Daniel Sutton, a young unqualified surgeon working in Ingatestone in Essex from the 1760s. Sutton's practice of inoculation played a vital part in the acceptance of the procedure worldwide. This fascinating book throws light on the cut throat commercial world of eighteenth century medicine and surgery, and its connections with royalty, aristocracy and the lower orders.'- Virginia Berridge, author of Public Health