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June 13, 1896

A TRIBUTE TO THE MEMORY OF EDWARD JENNER.FORTY YEARS OF PERSONAL EXPERIENCE IN THE USE OF VACCINATION FOR THE PREVENTION OF SMALLPOX.

Author Affiliations

Professor of public health in the university, and executive officer of the state board of health of minnesota.

JAMA. 1896;XXVI(24):1160-1163. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430760012002d

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Abstract

The truest homage one can pay to a discoverer is personal and successful trial of his discovery.

I have had exceptional need of help in dealing with smallpox in more than 100 outbreaks of that disease during forty years of active practice of my profession. The experience began in private practice, was considerable while a surgeon in the army during the rebellion, and has been very large in twenty-four years of service as executive officer of the Minnesota State Board of Health.

Minnesota has had a large and steady immigration, both foreign and domestic, which has brought smallpox into townships, villages and cities, as into lumber camps and among the Indians.

One of the epidemics numbered over 300 victims, two others exceeded 100 each, but the most were limited epidemics.

For the last five years the disease has been almost wholly confined to the first affected. No more epidemics can

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