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November 4, 1905


JAMA. 1905;XLV(19):1411. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.02510190047017

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An Iowa judge has recently ruled against a local board of health which had refused to admit to the public schools pupils who had only ingested vaccine matter in the manner endorsed by certain members of the homeopathic school of practice instead of by direct inoculation. It was held that a method of vaccination endorsed by one of the recognized schools of medicine could not be discriminated against by any local health board. It is unfortunate that such matters have to be left to lay judges to decide. The Journal has already expressed an opinion regarding the value of this method of vaccination. The situation affords an opportunity for some of those who do not advocate this method to observe some of its possible effects.

Therapeutic Misinformation.  —Certain writers have asserted that an alkali given before eating always increases the secretion of HCI, and given after meals lessens it. This

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