April 28, 1923


JAMA. 1923;80(17):1256. doi:10.1001/jama.1923.02640440070022

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Compulsory Vaccination in Hungary  The supreme court of justice of Hungary last month handed down a decision in a case that had been appealed from the Budapest court respecting a ship's officer on a Danubian steamer, who refused to be vaccinated, when coming from a Roumanian port during an outbreak of smallpox. The refusal was based on the ground that the operation, compulsorily enforced, was an infringement of personal liberty. The supreme court denied the appeal and affirmed the judgment of the lower court. The judge in giving the decision said that society based on the rule that each one was a law unto himself would soon be confronted with anarchy. Real liberty could not exist under the operation of a principle that recognizes the right of each individual to use his own will in respect to his person or property, regardless of the injury that may be done to

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