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December 16, 1893


JAMA. 1893;XXI(25):937. doi:10.1001/jama.1893.02420770027004

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The newly elected President of the New York County Medical Society, Dr. Seneca D. Powell, in his inaugural address takes occasion to find fault with the city sanitary authorities for the too liberal and indiscriminate proffers of vaccination made to people who are abundantly able to employ practitioners—their own family doctor for example—to do the vaccination. He does not censure the special corps of vaccinators so much as the Board that employs them. The subordinate officers simply obey orders and use the various aggregations of unprotected persons whom they have found in large drygoods stores, and the like, to swell their reports of a large number of proffers of vaccination, and a large number of operations performed. The vaccinating staff can not with justice be charged with any other fault than that of over-zeal, but the effect upon the opportunities of the family physician are curtailed in consequence of this

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