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September 29, 1923


JAMA. 1923;81(13):1102-1103. doi:10.1001/jama.1923.26510130005010

In this issue of The Journal appear two articles1 of great significance in respect to the control of small-pox. Jenner announced, 127 years ago, the discovery which, if effectively applied, would have unquestionably abolished this disease from the face of the earth. That this statement is not too strong is supported by the results obtained by vaccination in various civilized countries. As a simple example, we may cite the experience of Germany, where in the early years of the nineteenth century, sometimes 40,000 deaths occurred in a year from smallpox. The disease was brought under complete control by vaccination, and reappeared, in a few localities, only under disturbed conditions due to the World War. The opponents of this well-established scientific method of prophylaxis are wont to support their arguments by reference to the statistics of such far-off countries as the Philippines and Japan, not taking into account the fact