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July 28, 1923


JAMA. 1923;81(4):300-301. doi:10.1001/jama.1923.02650040040017

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Smallpox is an eternally vigilant teacher which may be counted on to emphasize the lesson of preventive medicine; this by serious example whenever people become careless and fail to avail themselves of proper vaccination. As related by our London correspondent in this issue, British authorities are becoming exceedingly anxious over the smallpox situation. The Ministry of Health has issued an official statement to the public placing part of the blame for the severity of the epidemic at Gloucester on the local health officer, who refused to admit the presence of smallpox in that city until too late to check the outbreak in its incipience. Even when the Ministry of Health sent a special investigator, the local officer refused to accept the diagnosis of smallpox. Finally a still higher officer was sent, a house to house canvass was made, and the existence of epidemic conditions was established beyond dispute. A special

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