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May 9, 1896

SCIENTIFIC RESEARCHES RELATING TO THE SPECIFIC INFECTIOUS AGENT OF SMALLPOX AND THE PRODUCTION OF ARTIFICIAL IMMUNITY FROM THIS DISEASE.

Author Affiliations

SURGEON GENERAL U. S. ARMY. WASHINGTON, D.C.

JAMA. 1896;XXVI(19):919-928. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430710021002
Abstract

Gentlemen:  —A complete review of the experimental researches which have been made with a view to demonstrating the exact nature and biologic characters of the specific infectious agent which by its multiplication in the body of a susceptible individual gives rise to the disease known to us as variola, or smallpox, would require a volume. But at the end of this volume I would be obliged to record as the principal conclusion reached, the fact that the specific infectious agent in this disease has not been demonstrated. It does not follow from this statement that the researches made have been without value. If this were so I might dismiss this portion of my subject without further remark. But the present occasion calls for something more than this; for, while we are here chiefly to celebrate the centennial of Jenner's great discovery and to consider the beneficent results which have followed

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