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Address by Calmette on Immunization with B C G
At a meeting of the Section for the Study of Diseases in Children of the Royal Society of Medicine, Prof. Albert Calmette delivered an address on the immunization of infants with his vaccine, B C G. He knew that physicians in Great Britain maintained a conservative attitude toward its use, but he hoped to convince his hearers that they could suppress the mortality due to tuberculosis among children by a safe protective measure. Most people were spontaneously vaccinated against tuberculosis in early life by small doses of infection. Children might receive the bacillus in the mother's milk, in food, or in dust infected by sufferers from the active disease. Fortunately, these repeated infections were usually small and occurred at such long intervals as to permit the development of resistance, so that the child underwent a process of autovaccination. The aim of
LONDON. JAMA. 1931;97(3):188-189. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02730030038019