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May 27, 1905


JAMA. 1905;XLIV(21):1689-1690. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.02500480037010

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Two or three years ago we noticed the allegation of an eclectic doctor in Connecticut that he was employing therapeutically certain recently discovered elements found in infinitesimal quantities in the atmosphere and elsewhere. As a rather queer statement this could only be interpreted as an attempted imposition on the presumed ignorance of his hearers. Now comes another smart fellow from the same quarter and of the same school of practice, who gives out the remarkable utterance that smallpox is not contagious. At least, this is the newspaper statement of his remarks as reported for the committee on contagion and infection to the Connecticut Eclectic Medical Association. Of course, he opposed vaccination and probably will be quoted by the antivaccinationists as another of the eminent physicians who uphold their cause. The Connecticut Eclectic Association certainly ought to sit down hard on some of its members.

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