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October 24, 1896

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

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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(17):908-911. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430950030002k

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Abstract

Proposition 10.  If the operation of vaccination be done with due regard to the rules of modern aseptic surgery, with due regard to the health of the individual vaccinated, and proper precautions be observed in obtaining and using vaccine lymph, there need be no apprehension that vaccination will injure health or communicate any disease other than vaccinia.Antivaccinists seriously contend that: "Vaccination propagates syphilis, consumption and hereditary diseases, which appear years afterward at their appointed time. It produces immediately erysipelas, and aggravates the disorders of childhood, destroying the germs of the teeth during teething. It is especially productive of mesenteric and glandular diseases, and lies at the foundation of the shameful mortality of whooping cough."Mr. P. A. Siljestrom (who the Vaccination Enquirer, the journal of the antivaccinists, says is "one who has mastered the vaccination question") states, "It has been proved that disease (especially erysipelas and syphilis) and death

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