Plain Facts on Vaccination

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Simpkin, Marshall, 1871 - Vaccination - 74 pages
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Page 11 - I believe that it is so ; And I believe further, that the hygienic measures required for effecting this prevention would be found neither specially difficult nor expensive to the country, while they would save annually hundreds, if not thousands, of our population from death by a disease which, even when it spares life, too often leaves permanent lesions and a broken and damaged constitution.
Page 11 - Ripon, or Wells ; or slaughtered four or five regiments of soldiers ; or smothered as many as five or six times the number of members of the House of Commons — such an event would assuredly appal and terrify the public and its guardians ; and the strongest measures would, no doubt, be called for, with the view of preventing the recurrence of the catastrophe, provided its prevention were at all possible. Is the similar amount of human slaughter to which our population is constantly subject by small-pox...
Page 63 - Have you any reason to believe or suspect that vaccinated persons, in being rendered less susceptible of small-pox, become more susceptible of any other infective disease, or of phthisis ; or that their health is in any other way disadvantageously affected...
Page 20 - ... experiments upon his family, the sequel of which would be, as they thought, their metamorphosis into horned beasts. Consequently the worthy farmer was hooted at, reviled and pelted whenever he attended the markets in his neighborhood.
Page 59 - Paget, speaking from his large experience among children in the out-patients' room at St. Bartholomew's, and enumerating some of the causes which develop cutaneous diseases in young children, says, "Xow, Vaccination may do, though I believe it very rarely does, what these several accidents may do •, namely, by disturbing for a time the general health, it may give opportunity for the external manifestation and complete evolution of some constitutional aflection, which, but for it, might have remained...
Page 31 - Hospital, when they enter the service, are invariably submitted to vaccination, which in their case generally is re-vaccination, and is never afterwards repeated ; and so perfect is the protection, that though the nurses live in the closest and most constant attendance on smallpox patients, and though also the other servants are in various ways exposed to special chances of infection, the resident surgeon of the hospital, during his...
Page 64 - In the first half of the 18th century, the proportion of deaths to births, in London, was as 3 to 2; but since 1800, the number of deaths is less than that of births, as 12 to 15. Other countries and cities in Europe have likewise improved in the ratio of mortality. In France, in 1780, the deaths annually were 1 in 30 ; but, during the eight years previous to 1824, 1 in 40, or one fourth less.
Page 13 - Paterson, of Leith, however, has kindly informed me that at the time of the visitation of the malady he made an official inquiry into its origin, and found it to be this : —A beggar- woman, on tramp from Newcastle, brought, in the course of her wanderings to Leith, a child lately affected with small-pox, and with the crusts of the eruption upon it. In Leith she became an inmate of a lodging-house in a " land " or block of buildings full of lodgings for the poorest of the poor.
Page 39 - There was no small-pox in the New World before its discovery by Columbus in 1492. In 1517 the disease was imported into St. Domingo. Three years later, in one of the Spanish expeditions from Cuba to Mexico, a negro covered with the pustules of small-pox was landed on the Mexican coast. From him the disease spread with such desolation that within a very short time, according to Robertson, three millions and a half of people were destroyed by it in that kingdom alone.
Page 38 - On the other hand, it is no less amply proven that " wheresoever vaccination falls into neglect, small-pox tends to become again the same frightful pestilence it was in the days before Jenner's discovery; — that wheresoever vaccination is universally and properly performed, small-pox tends to be of as little effect as any extinct epidemic of the middle ages

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