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July 19, 1902

What is Accounted Successful Vaccination?

JAMA. 1902;XXXIX(3):149-150. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480290033018

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Columbus, Ohio, July 9, 1902.

To the Editor:  —This subject is considered under the Medicolegal Department of The Journal, July 5, 1902. It is an important question, and in my opinion the decision is unjust and incorrect.Successful vaccination is the inoculation of a person with the virus of cow-pox to such an extent that he is for an indefinite period of time rendered immune from variola. This is the only tenable definition for any physician who believes in the one great specific prophylactic measure which we possess. On the decision of this point depends much of the result of the contest between the anti-vaccinationists and those who believe that variola can ultimately be stamped out by vaccination.The particular case in question can not be discussed, for we do not know how long before exposure the person was vaccinated; nor do we know the facts on which the testifying

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