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January 24, 1903


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JAMA. 1903;XL(4):220-222. doi:10.1001/jama.1903.92490040016001d

A brief résumé of the various steps by which artificial immunization was finally brought about will prove one of the most interesting stories of medical history. To start with, the very first steps will bring us back to biblical lore, and in the Talmudical lore of the ancient Israelites we will find some striking rules that prove to the zealous investigators that the question of infection and contagion was equally as well known to them as it is to us. The rules of hygiene as set down by Moses have not been altered by time, and though the observations in that ancient period were not made with the exactness of the present time, the results were about the same, and if the rules were disregarded the same diseases were the results. The question of exactness is what is always necessary in any science, and though theory held sway for a considerable

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