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November 7, 1885


JAMA. 1885;V(19):519-520. doi:10.1001/jama.1885.02391180015007

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Perhaps nothing has occurred in recent times, better calculated to impress the minds of both the profession and the people with the inestimable value of vaccination as a reliable preventive of small-pox, than the unusual prevalence of the latter disease in the city of Montreal. Having a considerable percentage of her population not only unvaccinated, but by prejudice and want of knowledge stubbornly opposed to being vaccinated, the result has been that the small-pox, once introduced among them, has already destroyed several hundred lives, interfered with business to the extent of millions of dollars, and is said to have added at least half a million to the city's debt. And yet these are only a part of the evils produced; for the protracted and extensive ravages of the disease in that city has endangered the carrying of the contagion in persons and clothing into all other parts of Canada, and

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