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September 26, 1896


JAMA. 1896;XXVII(13):716-717. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430910046007

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In the last volume of the St. Thomas Hospital Reports, Dr. Robert Cory contributes an interesting line of proof as to the condition, as to vaccination, of persons who are scarred by smallpox.

We are apt to forget how great a blessing vaccination is until an outbreak of smallpox opens our eyes to the terrible nature of the disease from which the labors of Jenner protected us. Even those who live through the sufferings of variola not infrequently bear traces of the attack in loss of sight or painful disfigurement for life. Noticing the tendency to belittle the value of vaccination, Dr. Cory commenced in November, 1884, his investigations with the intent of placing on record the result of his labors. In 1888 he had collected notes of 152 cases, which he published in the " Transactions of the Epidemiological Society " of that year. Up to the time of writing he

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