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Perhaps nothing has occurred in recent times, better calculated to impress the minds of both the profession and the people with the inestimable value of vaccination as a reliable preventive of small-pox, than the unusual prevalence of the latter disease in the city of Montreal. Having a considerable percentage of her population not only unvaccinated, but by prejudice and want of knowledge stubbornly opposed to being vaccinated, the result has been that the small-pox, once introduced among them, has already destroyed several hundred lives, interfered with business to the extent of millions of dollars, and is said to have added at least half a million to the city's debt. And yet these are only a part of the evils produced; for the protracted and extensive ravages of the disease in that city has endangered the carrying of the contagion in persons and clothing into all other parts of Canada, and
SMALL-POX AND VACCINATION.. JAMA. 1885;V(19):519-520. doi:10.1001/jama.1885.02391180015007