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The Vaccination ControversyThe Rise, Reign and Fall of Compulsory Vaccination for Smallpox$
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Stanley Williamson

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9781846310867

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846314216

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Formidable Men

Formidable Men

(p.135) Chapter 10 Formidable Men
The Vaccination Controversy
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This chapter considers the challenges faced by John Simon in implementing compulsory vaccination. It suggests that Simon ‘admitted the faults of the Vaccination Papers’ and that he was not ‘aware of the grave secondary dangers involved in the method’ of arm-to-arm vaccination, which was the foundation of the entire edifice of compulsion until it was prohibited in 1898. Simon also conceded that the medical department might appear to have been ‘bestowing disproportionate care on the one speciality of vaccination’, when there were other childhood diseases which were taking more young lives annually than smallpox.

Keywords:   compulsory vaccination, John Simon, health policy, public health, smallpox, childhood disease, English law

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