August 7, 1897


JAMA. 1897;XXIX(6):291-292. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440320035007

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We are glad to have at last the actual report of the British Vaccination Commission before us, more or less imperfect abstracts of which have been published.

After seven years work, during which time the Commission held 136 meetings, examined 187 witnesses, and investigated six epidemics, a voluminous report is offered. The Commission was appointed in May, 1889, and among its members are some of the most prominent physicians of Great Britain. The objects of the Commission were to investigate:

1. The effect of vaccination in reducing the prevalence of and mortality from smallpox.

2. What means other than vaccination can be used for diminishing the prevalence of smallpox, and how far such means could be relied on in place of vaccination.

3. The objections made to vaccination on the ground of injurious effects alleged to result therefrom, and the nature and extent of any injurious effect which do in

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