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May 3, 1930


Author Affiliations

Quincy, Ill. Public Health Officer, Quincy Public Health District

JAMA. 1930;94(18):1397. doi:10.1001/jama.1930.27120440003011b

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Over a period of four months, from Oct. 22, 1929, to Feb. 23, 1930, 100 patients with smallpox were quarantined. The ages of the patients ranged from 4 weeks to 87 years. The average age in this series of cases was 30 years. Twenty-nine of those under quarantine were school children, the average age being 10 years.

Of the 100 patients, only six had been previously vaccinated. One of these was a woman, aged 60, who had two vaccination scars, the last one dating back forty-seven years. This patient had a relatively mild type of the disease, less than a dozen pustules developing, and scarcely any prodromal symptoms preceding the eruption. On the other hand, a man, aged 44, a laborer, had a well defined eruption with many pustules, although he had been successfully vaccinated about eight years previously. A modified type of eruption was noted in a man, aged

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