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February 22, 1902

AN OBJECT LESSON IN ANTI-VACCINATION.

JAMA. 1902;XXXVIII(8):518-519. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480080028007

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Abstract

A Boston anti-vaccinationist crank recently exposed himself by deliberately visiting the isolation hospital and is now suffering from the effects of a severe attack of smallpox. Another, one of the two physicians in the city of Camden, N. J., who opposed vaccination, died the other day of the same disease. The Wisconsin antivaccination fanatic who deliberately exposed himself and others appears to have so far escaped, but the town where he lives is suffering from an epidemic which may be largely due to his agency in disseminating the pest. It is a pity that he is apparently immune—perhaps by vaccination in infancy—not that one wishes to see him suffer, but because his escape is advertised by him as proof of his theories, and as a result the health officials are embarrassed or even hindered in their work in combating the epidemic. If his exposure had meant only danger to himself

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