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April 8, 1899


JAMA. 1899;XXXII(14):770-771. doi:10.1001/jama.1899.02450410034009

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Indiana appears to be at present the most active focus of the antivaccination agitation in this country, and one W. B. Clarke publishes in the Indianapolis Sentinel of March 12 a long communication, mostly made up of alleged quotations from medical men, against vaccination. The majority of those quoted are persons of whom few have ever heard and whose dicta carry no special weight. A few are prominent, more from the eccentricity of their opinion on this subject than for anything else, and a number of isolated statements are quoted from noted physicians, but separated from their context so as to make them express opinions contrary to the general tone of their published writings and their real sentiments. By taking such liberties as these with any work, any cause can be supported. The Bible can thus be made to advocate the commission of every offense in the decalogue. Thoroughly dishonest

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