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November 28, 1931


JAMA. 1931;97(22):1639-1640. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02730220061024

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Investigation of Smallpox Vaccination  A commission of recognized experts (hygienists, neurologists and pediatricians), appointed by the federal bureau of health, subjected to a scrutiny the published accounts of disorders of the nervous system alleged to have developed in connection with vaccination against smallpox. The commission has issued a report on the results of its investigations. While no claim can be made that the conclusions of the commission are absolutely accurate, they have a certain value. The report covers a total of 102 cases, which are all described as to their main features. As disorders of the nervous system following vaccination against smallpox, seventy-seven cases (twenty-five with a fatal issue) are described as occurring in persons vaccinated for the first time and four cases (all with a fatal issue) as developing in revaccinated persons. In two cases the commission was unable to reach an agreement; nine cases were rejected for various

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