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November 3, 1894


JAMA. 1894;XXIII(18):691. doi:10.1001/jama.1894.02421230031007

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The wordy war on the value of vaccination, carried on through the medium of letters to the editor of the Times, London, which gave occasion to our editorial remarks in the Journal of September 22, is continued hotly in October with many fresh participants. Among the letters is one which will bear reproduction:

"Sir:  —A few words of common sense would not be amiss. I am 70 years of age. In my boyhood it was scarcely possible to walk a quarter of a mile in London without meeting one or more grown-up persons marked by smallpox. In my own small circle there were three persons so marked."At the present time I walk about for days and never see a marked face, although my eyesight is as keen as ever. It might be interesting to learn the experience of other Londoners on this subject, and to know how the anti-vaccinators

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