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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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A Loathsome Virus

A Loathsome Virus

(p.179) Chapter 14 A Loathsome Virus
The Vaccination Controversy
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After a slow beginning, opposition to compulsion had gathered momentum by 1875, coming into prominence first in the north of England, chiefly in Manchester and Leeds. This chapter focuses on two anti-vaccinationists: Henry Pitman, a ‘lecturer and teacher of phonography’; and James John Garth Wilkinson, author and homoeopathy practitioner. Pitman was a publisher of anti-vaccination propaganda. Wilkinson released a series of Vaccination Tracts that provided anti-vaccinationists with the basis of much of their own beliefs and assertions.

Keywords:   compulsory vaccination, public health, health policy, Henry Pitman, James Wilkinson, anti-vaccination, English law

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