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March 29, 1890


JAMA. 1890;XIV(13):459-460. doi:10.1001/jama.1890.02410130027005

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A preliminary report has been published by the Royal Commission on Vaccination of which Lord Herschell is chairman. This report contains the testimony of Sir John Simon, the former chief medical officer of the Local Government Board, Dr. William Ogle, of the Registrar General's Office, Dr. Thorne Thorne and others, in defense of the existing laws under which compulsory vaccination has been carried out. The revised Vaccination Act of 1867 is the controlling measure that has given to England the power to enforce public vaccination and the ability to record the saving of thousands of lives otherwise lost by small-pox. It is this Act, also that is the object of attack by the antivaccinationists, who have representation on the Royal Commission. It is this act, also, which was left by Sir John Simon on his retiring from office, as a sanitary way-mark of the administration for which he was largely

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