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July 2, 1892

Public Vaccination in Berlin.

JAMA. 1892;XIX(1):26-27. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02420010032013

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There are to be seen in Berlin at the present time multitudes of children bearing their school-books under one arm, while the other (always the left), has pinned conspicuously to the sleeve of the outer garment the Geneva Red-cross. On inquiry of one of the urchins, he immediately divested his arm of its covering and exposed to view six typical pustules of vaccination, and explained for my further edification that the Red-cross meant nicht Drücken—not to press— rather a quaint idea.

Pursuing the subject farther, I have been able to obtain such information which I am led to believe places vaccination as to its methods, etc., on a plane rather different from that as at present practiced in America. On invitation of a colleague to whom I expressed the wish, I was enabled to see him vaccinate upwards of 200 children in a session lasting scarcely an hour;

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