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July 1927

SHOULD WE BE VACCINATED?

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By BERNARD J. STERN. Pp. 146. Price, $1.50. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1927.

Am J Dis Child. 1927;34(1):154. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1927.04130190161014

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Abstract

To those who have accepted unquestioningly the value of vaccination, this exposition of the battles that have been waged for and against it is enlightening. From a medical point of view, it is interesting to note that Jenner and his colleagues at first claimed lasting immunity from a single vaccination, and even in the face of proof to the contrary many of them refused to modify their original claims. From a sociologic standpoint, the statutes compelling vaccination have roused the ever ready cry of "interference with individual liberty." It was in connection with the vaccination controversy that Dr. James Gregory first remarked, "England is a free country and the freedom which every Englishman chiefly values is the freedom of doing what is foolish and wrong and going to the devil in his own way."

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