That smallpox has ever been a fearful scourge in the world is known to but few outside of the medical profession, and the full extent of this scourge in the past, unless it has been portrayed in undying colors in the class-room, is not a vivid picture even now with the majority of physicians.
So quickly does the world become accustomed to the absence of aonce dreaded disease that its reappearance is needed to force again a study of its history, its ravages, its cause, its prevention and obstacles to its prevention. Its history tells us that since the days of the immortal Jenner there has been a grand transformation scene on the face of the earth. This change has been almost incredible. Before the days of vaccination the ravages of smallpox were beyond belief. Two millions have sometimes died in one country in one year. Now the majority of
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