April 28, 1906


JAMA. 1906;XLVI(17):1292. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.02510440046012

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We have all probably heard of the unfortunate individual who mistook an ivory vaccination point for a toothpick and the unpleasant consequences which resulted. A rather more striking and uncomfortable, but not inexcusable, accident is reported from Great Britain. A physician, preparing to vaccinate an infant, was struck in the eye by a little fragment of glass from the breaking of a tube of vaccine. Though he immediately washed his eye, the virus took and he had a vaccine pustule, presumably on the conjunctiva, as it is said that his eyesight is not likely to be affected.

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