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February 20, 1892


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JAMA. 1892;XVIII(8):213-225. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02411120001001

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ITS HISTORY.; The subject of vaccination is one to which the average physician pays but little attention. He, in general, believes that the prophylactic influence of vaccination over small-pox is as well established as is the usefulness of our fire departments, but if suddenly called upon to defend such belief, lie might find it exceedingly difficult to acquit himself with credit. It might be supposed that one hundred years would tie a sufficient time in which to settle this question beyond peradventure, and that its discussion would long ago have ceased. But it must be remembered that the fact of the circulation of the blood was denied by a majority of the medical profession in Spain, one hundred and fifty years after Harvey proved it; that even so great a man as Lord Bacon rejected the Copernican system nearly one hundred years after its publication. It should not, therefore, seem

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