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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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The Three Bashaws

The Three Bashaws

(p.107) Chapter 8 The Three Bashaws
The Vaccination Controversy
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This chapter begins with a discussion of the Poor Law Amendment Act of 1834, more popularly known as the New Poor Law. It then considers the impact of the 1840 bill, ‘An Act to Extend the Practice of Vaccination’, which directed guardians and overseers of the poor ‘to contract with the medical officers of their several unions and parishes for the vaccination of all persons who may come to them for that purpose’. The bill also stated that inoculation was to be an offence when performed by amateurs. It provoked an immediate outcry on all sides, not for its specific proposals but for the concept of handing over responsibility for an important matter of public health to an organization set up to deal with destitution.

Keywords:   vaccination, health policy, Poor Law Amendment, medical officers, public health

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