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August 25, 1900


JAMA. 1900;XXXV(8):503. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460340039007

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From the prophylactic point of view it is a matter of indifference on what part of the body vaccination is practiced. For the prevention of smallpox it is only necessary that the procedure be adopted early in life and be repeated at intervals—say seven years, unless special conditions seem to justify making the interval shorter. In order that the protection shall be most effective, the vaccinal lesion should be a positive and well-defined one. A scar that would be designated "good" from the professional point of view, may, however, be a source of disfigurement to personal beauty, and, as the world goes, it will not be wondered at that occasionally fond mothers will object to its presence in a conspicuous place. The arm is probably the most common site for vaccination, but in deference to the wishes of some mothers and out of regard for the sensibilities of esthetic young

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