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November 3, 1894


JAMA. 1894;XXIII(18):690-691. doi:10.1001/jama.1894.02421230030004

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It is not needful to discuss statistics of smallpox mortality before members of the American Medical Association to establish the practical value of Jenner's discovery; but as a matter of current news it may be well to refer to a series of interesting letters, spiced with a considerable dash of temper, that appeared in the columns of the Times (London) during the month of September, concerning which our article of September 22 was written. The writers were Mr. Ernest Hart, Chairman of the National Health Society on the one side, and Mr. J. T. Biggs, member of the Leicester Sanitary Committee. Mr. William Tebb of the Devonshire Club, London, and others of lesser note on the other. The first mentioned lays himself open to attack by giving utterance to an overestimate of the immunity conferred by vaccination. The others triumphantly assail this weak point and carry the war into the

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