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January 19, 1901

A NEW YORK "AUNTIE."

JAMA. 1901;XXXVI(3):188-189. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.02470030044008

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Abstract

A Brooklyn (N. Y.) homeopath, one Dr. Montague Leverson, is reported to have advised antivaccinationists to shoot down any one trying to vaccinate them or any member of their families. While the individual seems to be a general "auntie," and his influence is lessened to some extent as this fact is commonly appreciated, yet such advice is liable to create trouble when given to ignorant and fanatical people and can not therefore be condoned on any claims of the giver's irresponsibility. A still more serious matter, if true, is his statement publicly made that he had attended thirty cases of smallpox, some of them of the most virulent nature, without reporting them to the board of health. If he did this he is more than a blatant nuisance, he is a living danger to the community and needs the earliest possible attention on the part of the criminal courts. A

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