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January 19, 1901


JAMA. 1901;XXXVI(3):188. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.02470030044006

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One of the most afflicted places in the United States appears to be the town of Decatur, Neb., with a population of 625, in which, and its near vicinity, there were reported in the health reports of the Marine-Hospital Bureau, 451 cases of smallpox between April 1 and December 14, 1900. It would seem that the antivaccinationists must have had full sway there, at least as regards revaccination. The small mortality—only four in all—reported would indicate a mild type of the disease, what is usually called varioloid, but does not lessen the peculiarity of the situation. It is a pity that so salutary a hygienic resource as vaccination has to be defended at the present time, and the epidemic of smallpox the country is now experiencing may have a good effect in reinstating it in popular favor. With "Christian Science" and Dowieism in the field, and with individual and organized

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