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August 15, 1896

PREVENTION OF SMALLPOX.

Author Affiliations

CHAIRMAN OF THE SECTION ON STATE MEDICINE, AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION, VICE-PRESIDENT AM. ACADEMY OF MEDICINE. CHICAGO.

JAMA. 1896;XXVII(7):346-348. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430850006001b

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Abstract

It is not my intention to rudely characterize the world-wide process instituted by Jenner just one century ago, as either inefficient or a failure. As there was more than one road which led to Rome, it may be that there is other than one method by which a given disease may be prevented. It was 100 years ago, on the 14th day of May, that the English physician perceived the effect of a slight accident and gave the world the deductions by which vaccination with cowpox, made his name forever to be remembered, and rendered universal aid to the people. It has not been in my power, personally, to inaugurate experiments for determination of the correctness of conclusions concerning prophylaxis by vaccination; indeed, it is the privilege of few physicians, to know the exact facts by personal knowledge. It is not my purpose to question the validity of the statistics

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