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November 14, 1925


JAMA. 1925;85(20):1560. doi:10.1001/jama.1925.02670200038012

The propaganda for the public health cannot afford to overlook any evidence of the success of preventive medicine. The cultists that profit by opposing preventive medicine and the misguided sentimentalists of the antivaccinationist and antivivisectionist types are constantly alert to attack present-day practical hygiene. So long as published statements are accepted uncritically at face value, regardless of their authorship, by a large part of the public, it becomes important that the facts of modern medicine be circulated as freely and widely as are the pronouncements of the nonmedical healing cults. In the battle for what is best, the most effective weapon usually is the dissemination of truth.

The value of vaccination as a preventive of smallpox is so firmly established that it should not require mention, let alone defense. The physician and the public health official are not infrequently called on, however, to act as protagonists in the promotion of