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To the Editor:
—I read with much interest the fine editorial on Svante Arrhenius and his contributions to modern science. Readers will be interested to know that although his work was in the realm of the ions and the remote stars, Arrhenius was a member some fifteen years ago of a royal commission appointed to investigate the subject of vaccination for the Swedish government. This commission was established to advise the government in the matter after a bill had been introduced in the parliament for the purpose of abolishing compulsory vaccination. As a result of the commission's studies, the government decided to retain the practice of universal vaccination. Arrhenius subsequently published a popular book on smallpox and vaccination; this has had a wide distribution and is still in circulation.
Gruenberg BC. SVANTE ARRHENIUS. JAMA. 1927;89(20):1712. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02690200064031
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