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January 18, 1908


JAMA. 1908;L(3):210. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.02530290046010

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In the Journal of the Minnesota State Medical Association, January 1, appears an editorial announcing that the Minnesota State Board of Health has withdrawn quarantine from smallpox cases throughout the state, thus throwing on the county boards of health the responsibility of protecting the public from this disease. The editorial says: "The State Board of Health will not object to any township or county providing protection to its inhabitants under the direction of the local boards of health, but it will not enforce quarantine for smallpox because it has been found inefficient, unscientific and unreliable. Other states have tried the experiment and have succeeded in keeping smallpox out of their borders. The antivaccinationists will probably roar with rage at the new order because they believe that under former methods they were protected. Now they may become victims, while the man who is vaccinated will be more surely protected." As the

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