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Chickenpox is believed to have been first described (discovered) by Giovanni Filippo during the 1500s in Italy. In the 1600s, an English physician named Richard Morton gave the name chickenpox to what he thought was a milder form of smallpox. It is believed that in the 1700s, William Heberden (another English physician), was the first physician to prove that chickenpox was actually different from smallpox.
 
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