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October 3, 1896

THE STATISTIC EVIDENCES OF THE VALUE OF VACCINATION TO THE HUMAN RACE, PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE.

Author Affiliations

PROFESSOR OF PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICE OF MEDICINE AND STATE MEDICINE AND DEAN OF THE FACULTY OF THE MEDICAL DEPARTMENT UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA, AUGUSTA, GA.

JAMA. 1896;XXVII(14):750-753. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430920026001n
Abstract

Proposition 5.  Notwithstanding a marked decrease has occurred in the total smallpox death rate, a still greater decrease has taken place in the smallpox death rate among children.From the mass of statistics at hand to demonstrate this proposition I select the evidence relative to the value of vaccination as shown by the enforcement of the compulsory laws of Great Britain.In reckoning the success or failure of compulsory vaccination in Great Britain, we must remember that the law was enacted to protect helpless children from the fatal consequences to themselves of obduracy or carelessness of the parent in failing to protect them from smallpox by having them vaccinated. Let us take this epidemic of 1870-73, which has afforded vaccinophobists such an arsenal of facts to prove the worthlessness of vaccination, and see if in enacting compulsory vaccination laws the State exercised a wise and prudential care of its infantile

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