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October 17, 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(16):857-862. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430940027001i
Abstract

Proposition 7.  In some communities and even nations a greater number of vaccinated and unvaccinated persons are attacked with smallpox. Anti-vaccinationists parade such instances and use such data to bolster up their ridiculous assertions that such facts show the utter futility of vaccination. Without a single exception every such effort is based upon the most shameful perversion of facts.Let us take Great Britain to illustrate this proposition. It is true that in the epidemic of smallpox, 1871-72, a greater number of vaccinated died than those unvaccinated. But does this fact prove the failure of vaccination! By no means. Why? The vaccinated portion of the population number thirty to forty times that of the unvaccinated. In 1872 there were 300,000 of children under 5 years of age in Great Britain (Sir Lyon Playfair, loc. cit.). These were divisible into two classes, vaccinated and unvaccinated. The vaccinated were thirty to forty

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