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Revista Cubana de Hematología, Inmunología y Hemoterapia

versión impresa ISSN 0864-0289versión On-line ISSN 1561-2996


SERRANO BARRERA, Orlando Rafael. History of Immunology in Cuba from xv century to half of xix century. Rev Cubana Hematol Inmunol Hemoter [online]. 2017, vol.33, n.2, pp.1-18. ISSN 0864-0289.

Cuban immunology, although not yet with a defined identity as a medical specialty, has been associated with the most outstanding advances and discoveries since colonial times with impacts in the social and human development of the country as well as of other nations. The first immunological procedure administered in Cuba was that of variolation, on December 29, 1789. The first successful vaccination against smallpox carried out in the country took place in Santiago de Cuba on January 12, 1804. On February 11, 1804 Tomas Romay started the free extension of immunization in the island. From Cuba, the vaccine against smallpox was sent to Mexico, Jamaica, Colombia, Venezuela and the United States. The Royal Philanthropic Expedition of Vaccine arrived in Havana harbor on May 26, 1804. The Central Board of Vaccination was founded on July 13, 1804. On such founding events of the local immunology, with a growing but still imperceptible sense of nationality, the pillars and references for Cuban biomedical research are based, as well as for a health system oriented to serve the population.

Palabras clave : history of medicine; immunology; vaccination; epidemics.

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