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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 Competent and Energetic Officer

A Competent and Energetic Officer

(p.120) Chapter 9 A Competent and Energetic Officer
The Vaccination Controversy
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This chapter focuses on the medical profession's push for compulsory vaccination. In July 1849 they inaugurated the Epidemiological Society of London. Numerous committees were set up, including the ‘Committee on Small-Pox and Vaccination’, which produced the Report on the State of Small Pox and Vaccination in England and Wales and on Compulsory Vaccination. The bills that were spawned by this report are discussed. The Society also called for ‘a competent and energetic officer to take charge of vaccination’. The man chosen was John Simon, one of the founders of the Society and a distinguished surgeon at St Thomas' Hospital, who gained a high reputation as the first medical officer of health for London.

Keywords:   medical profession, Epidemiological Society, vaccination, smallpox, health policy, public health, John Simon, medical officer, English law

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